More cronyism

Politico Newsletter today:

Cabinet Secretary Simon Case wakes up to a tricky problem in his in-tray this morning, after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson appointed a close friend, former MP turned Tory peer James Wharton, as the new chair of the Office for Students. The plum role brings a taxpayer-funded salary of £60,000 for just two days’ work a week. Peter Riddell, the commissioner for public appointments, is accusing the government of “packing” the selection panel with Tories to rig the outcome. And now Labour has swooped …