England's Education Secretary says he met Marcus Rashford, but he actually met rugby player Maro Itoje
This lot are now so blatantly ignorant and out of touch it's beyond painful
Williamson insisted that the two had spoken "over Zoom", adding that the footballer and influential humanitarian "seemed incredible engaged, compassionate and charming".
"We met over Zoom and he seemed incredibly engaged, compassionate and charming but then he had to shoot off. I didn’t want to be the one that was holding him back from his training."
This is unfortunate...
'Has Gavin Williamson ever met Marcus Rashford? “We met over Zoom and he seemed incredibly engaged, compassionate and charming". Later Williamson’s team tell me he actually met the rugby player Maro Itoje, not Rashford.'https://t.co/Ya5NvtuLgn
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) September 8, 2021
While the Manchester United man and England international is beyond a household name these days - his incredible campaigning for school meals, to end child poverty in the UK and efforts to get kids reading again earned him an MBE - it seems the Education Secretary still can't put the right name to the right face.
Butler clarifies in the piece that Williamson had met Itoje about "bridge[ing] the digital divide" in schooling, mentioning how the government was trying to source thousands of laptops to supply kids and their families during the pandemic.
Rashford’s spokesperson has since confirmed that he has never met or had any direct communication with Williamson at any point.
Accent could have been a giveaway 🤣 https://t.co/CO2oQjiZZ6
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) September 8, 2021
Oh dear - just oh dear.