The home secretary’s mask slip was so obvious that even Andrew Marr couldn’t let it slide

Andrew Marr and Priti Patel

Home secretary Priti Patel’s mask slipped on the 13 October edition of the Andrew Marr Show. Patel couldn’t seem to stop smirking at the risks of a Tory-managed Brexit to the majority of UK people. Even Marr, who’s notoriously soft on Conservatives, couldn’t let it slide.


People on Twitter noted the exchange:


On the BBC, Marr was challenging Patel with the response from key industry’s to Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans:

Let’s hear from those businesses directly then…. the society for motor manufacturers and traders… the chemical industries association, the food and drink federation, the association for British pharmaceutical industry, and the aerospace trade industry body, a lot of people who are actually at the forefront of trying to make this country earn its place in the world, sent a letter to the government… they said that this proposal is a serious risk to manufacturing competitiveness and will result in huge new costs and disruption to UK firms.

Then, clocking Patel’s smirk, Marr said:

I can’t see why your laughing

Reading from the letter, he continued:

It’s got the potential to risk consumer and food safety and confidence, access to overseas markets for UK exporters, and vital future investment in innovation in this country. That is a really serious challenge to this plan is it not?

Disgraced Patel

Johnson promoted Patel to home secretary despite the recent record of the former international development secretary. Patel was forced to resign in 2017 after she was found to have taken part in 14 undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials, in serious breach of government protocol. Ministers should not unilaterally engage with their foreign counterparts off the record.

Now Patel is smirking at the risks of a Conservative-managed Brexit on national television. Let’s not forget that, in the words of Johnson’s sister, financial speculators have likely “invested billions in shorting the pound or shorting the country in the expectation of a no-deal Brexit”. Johnson’s backers could be making a fortune off the country’s woes. Meanwhile, Patel smirked at the mention of the difficulties it could cause millions of people. And that’s utterly shameful.

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    1. Patel’s stance may perhaps be best understood in context of the quoted remarks by Johnson’s sister concerning speculators planning to pillage the UK economy upon ‘no-deal’ Brexit. Working on the plausible assumption of members of Johnson’s cabinet not being motivated by thoughts of philanthropy and the well-being of ordinary folk in the UK, may we posit that ‘no-deal’ Brexit has something substantial to offer each of them? Might some have, directly or concealed by a proxy, substantial financial-market bets which pay off handsomely with ‘no-deal’? Do others have rewards lined up from US carpetbaggers for enabling plunder of UK services such as the NHS?

      Surely, these are unworthy thoughts regarding ladies and gentlemen who are ‘Rt. Hon.’ rather than merely Honourable? So put them aside and accept that these people of unquestionable integrity are certain to have declared direct personal/family financial interest in the outcome of Brexit.

      Thus, smirks on these people’s visages probably relate to sudden recollection of a deed such as deliberately running over a hedgehog; good harmless fun for Johnson’s pals.

    2. The same despicable rictus she displayed when explaining how she would end freedom of moment for millions, including with the same heritage as her. Thus pulling up the ladder after she climbed it. She is a vile, malevolent woman. How anyone could vote for her is beyond me. She knows the Tories’ benefactors stand to make millions from the disaster capitalism they are imposing on us. She doesn’t care. Her own constituents could die and she would smile about it. I detest her with every fibre of my being.

    3. What a disgusting person Patel is. She has no appreciation for the work her top Civil Servant has done. Bullying will not help her cause, or Boris’. How did this country vote in a load or crooks and incompetents.?

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