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By Pete Moore On May 1st, 2019

The Defence Secretary has just been sacked “following an inquiry into the leak of information from the National Security Council.” He’s not my cup tea. Far too oily and ambitious. As always, the Prime Minister called it wrong when she appointed him.

On the one hand, you can’t have leaks from the National Security Council (though goodness knows what they think they’re securing; it’s not our borders, traditions, heritage or national dignity). On the other hand, you can’t have a mentally ill Prime Minister doing insane deals with the IT arm of the Chinese state.

If it was Williamson who squeaked then he should stay sacked because that kind of greaser only brings trouble. But he should also get a gong for pulling back the curtain on the PM’s further treachery.


  1. It has been known since the day of the leak that Williamson was the source. Max Hastings on Radio 4 on Saturday came very close to naming him and the fact that he would leak this and continue to lie about it even after being sacked shows just how unfit for office he is. Let’s hope this is the end of his career in government if not in politics. Grayling should be next.

    On the merits of the pro-Chinese decision of course he is completely right and May is completely wrong. The decision will be reversed as soon as she is toppled, which will almost certainly be well before the end of this year.

  2. Liz Truss unintentionally blew the gaff last night on the Tories’ continued corruption. She posted an Instagram picture (clearly intended to boost her own chances of succeeding May) which unfortunately included the wife of a Putin crony who had paid £135,000 to the Tories to attend the dinner. Here is the picture, Liz and the Russkie gal are either side of May:


    “Liz Truss has accidentally revealed that the wife of a former Russian senior politician and ally of Vladimir Putin paid the Tories £135,000 to have dinner with Prime Minister Theresa May and several other cabinet ministers – via an Instagram post. The chief secretary to the Treasury’s gaffe, made on Instagram last night, showed the female cabinet ministers with Lubov Chernukhin, wife of Vladimir Chernukhin, in a five star Goring hotel in Belgravia.”


  3. Peter –

    It might have been “known” that Williamson was the source, but his letter to the PM flat out denies it –


    She had better have watertight evidence for sacking Williamson or she must go.

  4. Pete

    I am well aware that Williamson is still denying the charge. I’m with MI5 on this one.

    May will be gone soon, Brexit or no Brexit. Believe it or not, Williamson had ambitions to replace her. Maybe he still has.

  5. Ultimately Williamson is banking on May not wanting this to be dragged out with a police investigation. Which is what should logically follow. What Williamson did, or is alleged to have done, is illegal. However it would be a drawn out process and open up the Cabinet to external scrutiny. Williamson is banking on May not wanting that. So, likely speaking, an investigation would prove who did it but would be politically costly to do it. Williamson knows May won’t call for an outside investigation and as such is using that to call into question the internal investigation.

  6. Williamson will not be forgiven for this, by the Tories or MI5 or the rest of the security apparatus. He might as well go back to selling fireplaces.

  7. Peter

    That is quite a photo and story of PM, cabinet and Mrs Chernukhin. Beware Russians bearing gifts!

  8. Personally I think it was revenge for him screwing up the Chancellors secret meeting with the Chinese earlier in the year.

  9. New Yorker

    The Tories are up to their necks in corruption with money-laundering Putin cronies. It helps explain why they have dragged their feet on money-laundering generally, but especially on Russian money-laundering via property in west London.

  10. “Ministers were quick to write to Number 10 demanding a full inquiry, some of them privately fuming that “it must have been Williamson”.

    Number 10 now says there was “compelling evidence” to prove that it was him. Officials carrying out the inquiry did look at his phone. He did, by his own admission, have a conversation on the particular day with the journalist who broke the story. Downing Street has made a very serious accusation and is sure enough to carry out this sacking. For the prime minister’s allies, it will show that she is, despite the political turmoil, still strong enough to move some of her ministers around – to hire and fire.

    Mr Williamson is strenuously still denying that the leak was anything to do with him at all. There is nothing fond, or anything conciliatory, in either the letter from the prime minister to him, or his reply back to her.”