Cabinet discipline is poor because May cannot threaten to sack her ministers

Theresa May’s cabinet is the most ill-disciplined in British political history, according to chief whip Julian Smith. What does he expect?

So many Conservative MPs have resigned from her government – and so many are emphatically opposed to her current direction on Brexit – that she can no longer fill all the vacancies in government ministerial posts.

She cannot threaten her ministers with the sack, so they have no reason to kowtow to her; they can say and do whatever they like and she’ll have to bribe them if she wants them to support her.

Or she can threaten them with a claim that their misbehaviour is splitting the Conservative Party.

Current indications show that neither option is working.

The chief whip, Julian Smith, has said the cabinet is the “worst example” of cabinet ill-discipline in British political history.

Source: Smith: Cabinet is ‘worst example’ of discipline – BBC News

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3 thoughts on “Cabinet discipline is poor because May cannot threaten to sack her ministers

  1. loonytoonz

    From day one she hasn’t been able to control her cabinet. It’s always resembled a very insecure, substitute teacher who’s fear and empty threats of consequences were like flashing neon signs above her head inviting the”children of the cabinet “to behave more and more outrageously.
    Had she sacked the most attention – seeking early on, the country wouldn’t have been subjected to so many differing bloated self-indulgent egos with stiletto knives at the ready, holding us to ransom.
    A joke, a mockery of her office, but a dangerously, lethal one.

  2. Jonno R

    So if the BBC reported this does it mean the government has lost its power over the press?

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