Sam’s ear­ful

The New European - - Agenda -

Man­drake’s job is to re­port the news, not to make it, so I will re­lay this with­out com­ment – and with­out, I hope, too much hubris. On Mon­day last week, I bumped into Sam Gy­imah at the Sky News stu­dios in West­min­ster. He asked me how I was do­ing and I told him I’d known hap­pier times.

He then got my whole “we have to be bet­ter than this” speech, which he lis­tened to qui­etly and po­litely, but with­out mak­ing any sub­stan­tive re­sponse. He then left in deep thought. Four days later, my de­cent and prin­ci­pled friend re­signed as uni­ver­si­ties min­is­ter – the sev­enth min­is­ter to do so – be­cause he said that he could not sup­port Theresa May’s Brexit plan.

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