Keep your enemies close. Boris’ cabinet.

The Cabinet meets this morning for the first of its new Thursday congregations. Those around the table will be eyeing each other nervously and wondering who will still be there in a few weeks’ time.

Boris Johnson’s big reshuffle has been expected for weeks now, but rumours that it would take place today appear to have been premature. Nevertheless, it’s expected soon – Politico reports that it’ll happen before recess begins in a week.

Despite nearly six weeks of speculation, we still don’t really know what’ll happen. The list of predicted sackings is well known – Andrea Leadsom, Theresa Villiers and Liz Truss are the most repeated names, alongside Nicky Morgan who was only kept on as a stop-gap after resigning.

But it’s also well known that the list mostly contains women and Downing Street is aware of how bad that would look – especially as there aren’t many mid-ranking female Tory MPs to step up to the Cabinet in their place.

Keeping enough Brexiteers at the top table is another key consideration.

– A game of two chancellors –

Yet two major figures sit at the centre of the game of musical chairs: Sajid Javid and Michael Gove.

For the former, it’s a matter of his ongoing feud with Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief adviser. In The Times today, there is yet another entry in the briefing war between the two. Cummings is, apparently, playing a central role in drawing up plans for next month’s budget.

Javid has already been guaranteed his job as Chancellor by Johnson, but that hasn’t put paid to the rumours. Rishi Sunak, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and a rising star, has been touted as a replacement. But Rowena Mason at The Guardian writes that he may be kept in place to “keep an eye” on Javid.

A good relationship between the Treasury and No10 is essential to smooth-running and effective government, so it’s not a great sign that there is already so much tension on Downing Street. That may limit Javid’s days, even if he stays on beyond next week.

As for Gove, it’s a question of what exactly he wants to do and what he will do. As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, he has become something of an eminence grise. He is, supposedly, angling for almost every major role you can think of, from overseeing the Brexit negotiations with the EU to heading up the COP26 climate conference.

Camilla Tominey reports that he is rubbing Brexiteers up the wrong way by failing to wholeheartedly back a trade deal with the United States, and they don’t want him near the EU negotiations either. There’s also the usual dose of paranoia and scheming – rivals worry about how close Cummings and Gove still are and fear a backroom takeover of Downing Street.

Camilla also has the run-through of all the other rumoured Cabinet hirings and firings and the balancing act behind them.

– Time to deliver –

Whatever the outcome, this will be a particularly consequential reshuffle. For a man obsessed with the rather American idea of the “first 100 days” of government, Johnson has done very little since winning the election.

The Tories might be in an excellent position already for the next election, but if Johnson is to retain his popularity he needs to get on and deliver on his promises. Putting together an effective Cabinet is an essential first step, but already politics is getting in the way.

Front Bench.  Capurro.

TAP – Gove must be his main worry !  After knifing him in his leadership bid.  Not an easy task coming up.

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2 Responses to “Keep your enemies close. Boris’ cabinet.”

  1. sharphelix says:

    RHODESIA A TURNING POINT

    The Foreign Affairs statement states that its policy is a reflection of British, American and many other Western as well as African governments. That is certainly true, they are all acting like puppets of the international power groups who are backing the campaign against Rhodesia and South Africa. The sickening hypocrisy of the main enemies of Civilization has been demonstrated by Mr. David Rockefeller, Chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, claiming that the Communists in China are engaged in one of the most successful social experiments in the history of man. This statement was made in 1973 after Rockefeller had established his bank in Communist China. Kissinger’s pro-Communist policies are the policies of the international financial groups. If the Rhodesians can be encouraged to continue resisting those policies, a major turning point in the struggle for the world has been reached. A defeat for Kissinger’s anti-Rhodesian policy would be a massive blow against the plot to create the “New World Order.”
    COMMENTS:

    Of course this is all history, Rhodesia is a nostalgic dream of the past. After Rhodesia the “independence” of Deutsch Sud West Afrika (German South West Africa) now known as Namibia followed and thereafter South Africa fell to Communist rule.

    The same pattern of behavior by the Africans are the same as centuries before, uncivilized behavior, murder, torture, rape, corruption all part of their culture and it will not ever change. This “human rights” agenda by Kissinger and his henchmen were brought on the heads of the Whites in Africa. Now this “human rights” of the African is brought into the homeland of the White European in Europe for the annihilation of the White Race. As we saw in Africa how the White man capitulated, we now experience the same in Europe. Is this the end of the White Race, will we stand up and fight. There is only one choice, stand up and FIGHT!
    https://www.untoldtales.net/behind-the-international-war-against-rhodesia.html

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    http://www.palestinechronicle.com/boris-johnson-as-a-passionate-zionist-i-love-israel/

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