THE public has united in the face of the Channel tragedy by agreeing that now is not the time for Priti Patel to be saying anything at all.
As the UK is forced to confront the deaths of 27 people on its doorstep, the home secretary is set to give a statement in the Commons which, based on her track record, nobody is looking forward to.
A government insider said: “There are times when you want a belligerent, hardline, uncompromising xenophobe, and for the Tories that’s most of the time. That’s why she’s in. It’s not like she’s competent.
“But there are other times when at least a pretence of compassion is necessary, and today is one of those times, but unfortunately we’ve got Priti in the hot seat now as well.
“This is going to be excruciating. She’ll lash out and blame everyone but herself and entirely fail to have normal, human emotions. All of which are normally pluses.
“Mind you, it could be worse. Imagine Jacob Rees-Mogg making a statement. Imagine f**king Boris.
“It’s a shame we’ve nobody intelligent, sensitive and compassionate in the government. But we can’t stand twats like that.”