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Déjà vu, again

Chris Skidmore returns to the universities brief and the OECD launches its Education at a Glance report, raising questions about how to measure what a degree is worth.

He’s back. Chris Skidmore has, for a second time, stepped into the breach to take on the job of universities minister when others found it impossible to reconcile being in a Brexit cabinet with speaking up for those for whom Brexit is clearly bonkers. The first time was after Sam Gyimah stepped down at the end of November. Gyimah claimed that Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal deal surrendered “our voice, our vote and our veto”.

Skidmore stayed in the role for more than six months but was switched to minister of health and social care when Boris Johnson became prime minister. This was in order to make way for Johnson’s brother Jo, who had somehow forgotten that he had resigned as transport minister in November because of his fear that a no-deal Brexit would “inflict untold damage on our nation”.

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