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Priti Patel and Boris Johnson: Both were forced out of Theresa May’s government so it should be no surprise to see her appointed to his administration. Both have previously brought shame on the nation – as did new Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

A woman who was forced to resign from Theresa May’s cabinet as a threat to national security is now joining Boris Johnson’s – to take responsibility for national security.

Priti Patel was forced out in 2017 after it was discovered that she was carrying out her own foreign policy, independent of the UK government, by having talks with the Israeli government and trying to support its objectives in the UK.

She has been named as Mr Johnson’s new Home Secretary. It is ironic that a woman who was sacked as a security risk is now in charge of security. It is also hugely dangerous for everybody in the United Kingdom.

Similarly ludicrous is the appointment of Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary. This is the man who – as Brexit Secretary – did not understand the significance of the Dover-Calais crossing.

Both Ms Patel and Mr Raab were among the authors of Britannia Unchained, the book that claimed British workers are “among the worst idlers in the world”, that the UK “rewards laziness” and “too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work”. Ironically, it turned out that they were among the laziest people in Parliament at the time, with Ms Patel’s attendance at 81.8 per cent, while Dominic Raab was the laziest of the lot with Parliamentary attendance of just 79.1 per cent.

So they were right. It seems the UK really does reward laziness – or at least, its Conservative government does.

Sajid Javid has been announced as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Are we about to discover that he can’t do any sums?

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