Reshuffle resignation shames Johnson’s shambolic government

Gone: Sajid Javid has quit Boris Johnson’s government, apparently after a power-struggle with Dominic Cummings.

It says everything you need to know about Boris Johnson’s leadership that the big news today (February 13) hasn’t been his own cabinet reshuffle – but a resignation in protest against advisor Dominic Cummings.

We’re being told that Sajid Javid has resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer in protest at being told to fire his team of special advisors.

Apparently the prime minister’s office had told him to use SpAds from Number 10 instead, to “make it all one team”, but he had said no self-respecting minister would have accepted such an ultimatum.

The whisper is that Mr Javid had been clashing with Mr Cummings over the budget, with the former intending to unveil a traditionally-Tory plan and the latter keen to reward former ‘Red Wall’ constituencies that switched to support the Conservatives in last December’s Brexit-dominated election.

Of course, one aspect of that election is the fact that the Tories never produced a costed economic plan; their sums simply didn’t add up.

And it is unlikely that they will add up now, under a joint team as ordered by Number 10, with Johnson yes-man Rishi Sunak named as the new Chancellor.

What can we say about Mr Sunak that isn’t extremely critical? Not a lot.

Labour leadership candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey has already put him down twice – in a tweet today and a debate during the election campaign:

And Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell reckons his appointment signals that Johnson’s government has fallen into “chaos” and “crisis”.

“Johnson is dependent on an unelected advisor, Cummings, with no experience of government.

“Today a swathe of Cabinet ministers in key posts like transport and environment have walked away or been sacked.

“He cannot even keep onside his Chancellor, meant to be his closest confidante.

“While the rest of us feel the pain of ten years of cuts the government is focused on in-fighting.

“This is the start of a government falling apart.”

And it only took two months.

Source: Cabinet reshuffle: Sajid Javid resigns as chancellor – BBC News

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3 thoughts on “Reshuffle resignation shames Johnson’s shambolic government

  1. Florence

    It may only be 2 months for it all to fall apart, but how long before Cummings has total control to such effect that we will never be rid of them?

  2. Dave Rowlands

    They reap what they sow, they went out of their way to make sure a Socialist government would not get into power, they used lie after lie which was backed up by the MSM, BBC, so called journalist, false accusations of AS, and now those very people who let the cons get away without having to justify anything they said are now feeling the full force of toryism (is that a real word or did I just make it up?).

    I have no sympathy for any of them, they deserve everything they allowed to happen, the people that didn’t vote for this pantomime will be the ones that suffer the most.

    When the lords get a £23.00 a day rise to their income and the poorest get a rise that wouldn’t buy a pint of milk a month shows what kind of people the conservatives are.

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