Jacob Rees-Mogg on a mission to scrap ‘wokery’ in Whitehall

Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the cabinet minister in charge of government efficiency is banning all “ridiculous” wellness and diversity courses run in Whitehall.

The minister cited an example of a course run by his own department in the Cabinet Office entitled  “Check Yo’ Privilege” as an example of “ridiculous” diversity training.

Mr Rees-Mogg has now ordered the Government’s learning and development hub to cancel any courses that “are subject to mockery” and replace them with only training useful to the actual job.

The minister said an example of the absurdity was a recent diversity training workshop run by the government’s legal department where civil service employees were told to imagine an “elderly Japanese gay grandfather” and an “African Paralympic athlete in a wheelchair” in an exercise on empathy and understanding.

Mr Rees-Mogg told the Telegraph:

“There will be a new [training] curriculum coming which will stop these absurd courses being available.

“There is work to be done, and there are only so many hours in the day and we want people using their hours productively.

“Work is a serious place of business to deliver things for taxpayers who are paying politicians and civil servants for their time. We’ve got to be very careful when this time is used to do fancy courses, or not working at the office.”

“All I’m saying is that you need courses to actually help people in their daily work. And this is professionalism, it is identifiable skills. It mustn’t be wokery.”

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