Chris Grayling’s failings: ferry fiascos and no-deal Brexit planning | Politics

When reports emerged that the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, had awarded a ferry contract to a company without any ferries, he faced widespread derision. Last week, the contract was cancelled and the government reached a humiliating £33m out-of-court settlement with Eurotunnel.

It was the latest in a long line of controversies that have engulfed Grayling during his political career. But despite the setbacks, he has continued to win promotions and remains in the cabinet with key responsibilities in planning for Brexit.

The Guardian’s political correspondent Peter Walker joins Anushka Asthana to discuss the cabinet minister’s string of gaffes, which have led to him being nicknamed “Failing Grayling”.

Also today: 10 years ago, the Guardian reported on the discovery of an illegal blacklist that kept files on thousands of British workers. These lists were funded by major companies, including the construction industry, and resulted in people losing work when those businesses deemed them to be troublemakers.

This week, the police have finally admitted their involvement by having shared information about individuals with the blacklisters, and have compiled an internal report that has been seen by the Guardian’s reporter Rob Evans. He describes tracking down the office of the blacklist in Worcester.

Chris Grayling

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