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Toby Young Resigns from the Office of Students
Toby Young resigns after heavy criticism about his former life and work as a journalist.
Toby Young resigned from being the non-executive director on the board of the board of the Office for Students just after a week of the appointment. His resignation came after the backlash over his appointment, as critics found him unfit for the position due to controversial comments he made in his former life as a journalist. On a side note, India's Best Engineering Colleges are all ready for students, who are preparing for their boards as of now.
On Tuesday morning, Young spoke about his resignation in a statement on The Spectator website, he said, “My appointment has become a distraction from its vital work of broadening access to higher education and defending academic freedom.”
The Office for Students Chairman, Sir Michael Barber said Young had “reached the right conclusion”. He said Young had done “good work”, but Many of his previous tweets and articles were offensive, and not in line with the values of the Office for Students. Mr Young was right to offer an unreserved apology for these comments and he was correct to say that his continuation in the role would have distracted from our important work.” Also, students who are interested in writing the AP EAMCET should know that the exam schedule is to be declared soon.
Young’s resignation came less than 24 hours later after the Prime Minister himself defended him and cleared him to stay at the job. Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove were other ministers who defended and praised Young and agreed he was well suited for the job.
Angela Rayner, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, welcomed the resignation and commented on the choice of the Prime Minister to back Young, she said it “cast great doubt on the judgment” of the Prime Minister.
She later tweeted, “Then yesterday we had the spectacle of government universities minister defending his appointment in parliament, he had to go. Tory cronyism could not save his job...”
A petition calling for Young's expulsion had gathered almost 220,000 signatures. The work of his former life as a journalist and his opinionated writing received a strong negative reaction via tweets by critics who highlighted how offensive, misogynistic and homophobic his comments were; his suitability for the role was questioned. Mr Young deleted up to 40,000 tweets posted since 2009, including references to the size of women's breasts, following his appointment. His comments on working-class students “inclusivity" in a Spectator column in 2012, and remark at gay people were also criticised.
The Guardian, however, says, “Young, whose professional life has increasingly turned from his work as a journalist to the field of education, has cast his previous comments as remnants of a former life, for which he should not be judged too harshly now.”
Writing in the Spectator on Tuesday, Young said: “The caricature drawn of me in the last seven days, particularly on social media, has been unrecognisable to anyone who knows me.” He confessed, “Some of the things I said before I got involved in education when I was a journalistic provocateur, were either ill-judged or just plain wrong – and I unreservedly apologise.”
His resignation, though was rejoiced by the critics, was an embarrassment for the Prime Minister, the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and the environment secretary, Michael Gove, as they defended him.
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