I do feel for David Cameron. A month ago he was the PM who was quietly confident that he would win the referendum and would be at this point reshuffling his cabinet and getting on with his ‘economic plan’.
However, we now have a new Prime Minister and a new cabinet. Gordon Brown declared his first cabinet as a ‘government of all the talents’. With Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary and Nigel Hunt left in place to fire harpoons at the NHS – I think it’s safe to call this a government with some of the talents.
I’m still not sure if it is an act of pure genius putting Boris in charge of Britain’s diplomacy with the world or an act of pure insanity. But whatever happens Boris won’t be boring. I’m not even sure if he will be in the job all that long. He has to work alongside eurosceptic MP David Davis whose ego dwarfs the EU, but who has been given Secretary of State for Exiting the EU – working alongside brexiteer and other ego-phile Liam Fox, the new Secretary of State for International Trade. These three will find it hard agreeing to seating arrangements around a table – never mind the intricate policy and political details of how we leave the EU. Fun times ahead.
I understand why Theresa want’s to keep Jeremy Hunt in place. His nose and hands are already bloodied with his back sore and scarred with the numerous whippings and fist fights he’s had with the NHS. The Government seem to be determined to push through a new contract on Junior Doctors. Why get a new minister’s hands bloodied and bruised – better to let Jeremy slug away in Health and then get rid of him when all the damage is done – bringing in a clean pair of hands to try and smooth things over later.