Damian Green gets off lightly as ‘pumped-up, pompous’ Tory takes aim
Theresa May’s deputy is the latest addition to the list of people insulted by David Mellor.
Damian Green would have been 'toilets minister' under Margaret Thatcher, according to the Tory politician once known as the minister for fun.
As the first secretary of state fights for his political life over an ongoing porn scandal, former heritage secretary David Mellor has emphatically refused to help his embattled fellow Tory.
Rather, Mellor told GMB today: "Damian Green is the sort of guy who under Mrs Thatcher would have been the minister of state for latrines and would have lived in total obscurity. Instead of which he becomes deputy prime minister, he rises without trace. He would not be missed for a millisecond if he left government. It would be better if he did."
At first glance, this would appear to be an extraordinarily savage blue-on-blue attack. But Tory sources suggest it is actually extremely mild for the man who was reported to have called a chef a "fat bastard" and told him to "do his £10-an-hour job somewhere else" back in 2010.
Four years later, Mellor was caught calling a taxi driver a "sweaty, stupid little shit" during a row about the route he wanted to take back to his home close to Tower Bridge. Mick Cash, general secretary of transport union the RMT, subsequently said: "Driving a taxi in London is hard enough without having some pumped-up, pompous former Tory minister telling you how to do your job.”
And most recently, the former Tory cabinet minister declared that Theresa May should be "put down".