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Esther McVey quotes Aristotle as she defends 'common sense' minister role


Esther McVey quotes Aristotle as she defends ‘common sense’ minister role

Esther McVey has defended her role as the "minister for common sense” - an unofficial title bestowed after her appointment to the Cabinet Office in Rishi Sunak’s reshuffle - in a speech quoting Aristotle on Monday, 13 May.

The Conservative MP for Tatton referenced the Greek philosopher in a speech at the right-wing Centre for Policy Studies think tank as she announced there would be no more spending on external equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) contracts without an explicit sign-off from a minister.

"Aristotle thought common sense helped us form coherent thoughts and make rational decisions. It’s as important [as] a sense of sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell," Ms McVey said.

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