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This is Liz Truss’s new Cabinet: let’s examine the skeletons in their closet

Time of her life: new Health Secretary Therese Coffey danced (badly) and sang (off-key) as her government removed the Universal Credit uplift that had been a lifeline for millions of people.

New UK prime minister Liz Truss has been appointing Tory MPs to her Cabinet. For those of you having trouble placing them, here’s a handy guide:

First appointment is Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor of the Exchequer. As Business Secretary, after energy prices quadrupled last Autumn, he lied on television with a claim that he had been “working very closely” with then-Chancellor Rishi Sunak on what to do. The Treasury instantly rebutted the claim, saying this was not the first time Kwarteng had “made things up” in interviews. It seems likely that he may continue in the same vein.

Therese Coffey becomes deputy prime minister and Health Secretary. In her previous role as Work and Pensions Secretary, she sang “I’ve had the time of my life” at the Conservative Party Conference while her department stripped Universal Credit claimants of £1,040 per year.

The post of Foreign Secretary goes to James Cleverly. In 2019, as Tory deputy chairman, he refused to accept that Islamophobia was racism because “Islam isn’t a race” – and was put straight – embarrassingly – by Labour’s Laura Pidcock:

The Conservative Party failed to adopt the then-new definition of Islamophobia at that time. It would be easy to conclude from this that the new Foreign Secretary, despite being a person of colour, is a racist.

The new Home Secretary is Suella Braverman who, as Attorney-General, actually advocated breaking international law.

Ben Wallace remains Defence Secretary, after daring Vladimir Putin to turn the UK into a radioactive cinder over the Russia-Ukraine war. He had claimed that Russia would be outgunned in the event of a nuclear confrontation – but that does not mean the UK would have been defended, because there is no defence against a nuclear strike; there can only be retaliation. He was daring Russia to enter into Mutually-Assured Destruction – also known as MAD, which is what Wallace seems to be.

The new Business Secretary is Jacob Rees-Mogg, whose own company once invested millions in a blacklisted Russian bank, and apparently avoided paying tax on an estimated £103 million profit over the past five years because it is registered in the Cayman Islands tax haven.

Brandon Lewis becomes Justice Secretary. His most recent blunder was in hypocritically claiming that the UK’s Covid-19 vaccination rate was the best in the world – while refusing to discuss the fact that the Covid-19 death rate at the time was the worst in the world:

Nadhim Zahawi becomes Equalities Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. His previous claim to fame was claiming expenses – from public money – to heat his stables. Let’s all bear that in mind when Liz Truss finally reveals her plan to keep us warm as energy prices rocket over the autumn and winter. But there’s a lot more on him – as you can see by reading this article.

There have been other appointments – but the rogues’ gallery above contains all the headliners.

With that lot in charge, you can tell that Truss is surrounding herself with villains and fools, just as Boris Johnson did.

Is this another case of “Meet the new boss – same as the old boss”?

Source: Truss appoints top team – see who is in and out

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The race is on to replace Boris Johnson – but are any of the candidates worth it?

Darkness over Westminster: we’re starting to find out which Tory MPs think they can replace Boris Johnson as party leader and prime minister – and they’re a desperately disappointing group.

The Conservative Party is in a deep mess if it can’t find somebody to replace Boris Johnson who the public will respect.

And the choices are extremely limited.

So far, it seems, only three people have even indicated a desire to become the next leader – and prime minister.

If you think Tom Tugendhat is the straightest of them, think again. A former Territorial Army Lieutenant Colonel, he’s a sabre-rattler who has verbally attacked Iran and Russia while supporting similarly vicious regimes in Saudi Arabia and Israel. As prime minister, he may put the UK in danger of participating in a series of harmful foreign adventures.

Suella Braverman, on the other hand, is a confirmed swivel-eyed loony. She used to be chair of the hard-right hard-Brexiteer European Research Group of Tory MPs that was funded from members’ expenses claims – meaning you paid for it.

She supports plans to strip us of our human and work-related rights – a project made possible by Brexit – while hiding behind publicity campaigns about bringing back blue passports (which could have been done at any time).

She merrily planned to support breaches of the UK’s international treaty agreements with the Internal Market Bill, knowing that it would harm the fragile peace in Northern Ireland. This willingness to break international law prompted the Bar Council to point out to her that a crime which broke the law in a “specific and limited way” – the phrase used by the Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, when he announced the move – was still a crime.

As Attorney General, she didn’t like the acquittal of the so-called “Colston 4” who toppled the statue of slaver Edward Colston in 2020, and considered referring the case to the Court of Appeal, thereby attacking the judgement of an independent jury, even though there was no question of there having been a mistrial. That should have been enough cause for her to be ejected from her job.

When the Metropolitan Police issued questionnaires to Downing Street staff and politicians in the wake of the Partygate scandal, Braverman was asked if fines would lead to resignations. Her response was to have an apparent breakdown in the Commons chamber:

She responded to a legitimate question with nonsense – and failed to answer the question itself.

Other possible leadership candidates include Brexiteer Steve Baker, Sajid Javid – whose resignation statement earlier this week may have done to Boris Johnson what Geoffrey Howe’s did to Margaret Thatcher, Grant Shapps – whose dodgy commercial dealings are now the stuff of legend, Liz Truss – the Evil Queen of Cheese, Rishi Sunak – whose ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme at the height of the Covid-19 crisis may have led to tens of thousands of deaths, Ben Wallace – who, as Defence Secretary, has been merrily rattling the sabre against Vladimir Putin, and former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt – who allowed private firms into the NHS with much lower standards of service, leading to a massive increase in preventable deaths.

Do you honestly think any of them is fit to lead the United Kingdom?

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Raab resigns, McVey quits: May’s Brexit ‘deal’ throws her government over a cliff

Theresa May: Staring over the edge of the cliff.

It should have been a moment of triumph – the announcement of an agreement with the 27 nations remaining in the EU over the manner of the UK’s departure from that bloc. Instead, Theresa May’s government is on the point of collapse.

Dominic Raab.

Dominic Raab – the man who, as Brexit Secretary, admitted he had no idea how important the Dover-Calais crossing was to the UK’s trade – resigned this morning (November 15), saying the deal agreed by Mrs May – not by him – could lead to the break-up of the UK as it offers Northern Ireland special treatment, and makes it impossible to negotiate trade deals with other countries as we will remain in a customs union with the EU indefinitely.

Esther McVey: She was probably glad to have an excuse to quit as Work and Pensions secretary.

Esther McVey has also quit, saying the deal does not offer the Brexit that the Conservative government had promised.

And condemnation of the deal in Parliament – when Mrs May tried to persuade MPs to support it – was almost universal.

Labour opposes it because it does not meet any of that party’s six tests.

Labour’s pro-Brexit rebels won’t support it because they see it as a capitulation to all of the EU’s demands.

The DUP can’t support it because of the way it addresses the Northern Ireland border issue – creating fears of a reunification vote with the Republic of Ireland.

The SNP won’t support it because the deal doesn’t mention Scotland once.

Tory Brexiters won’t support it because they say Mrs May lied about what the deal would do – she has betrayed them.

Jacob Rees-Mogg even voiced an intention to trigger a “no confidence” vote against Theresa May during the debate in the Commons – in harsh contrast to her own appeal for support.

And government resignations are still happening. Three MPs in minor positions have also resigned, including Suella Braverman, who had been vociferous in support of the Tory government’s Brexit policy. Northern Ireland office junior minister Shailesh Vara has also gone.

Mrs May is now in an impossible position.

Her deal with the EU has been agreed – she can’t go back on it.

But the Parliamentary numbers are against her. She cannot win the vote.

Her own leadership is at issue and she may face a challenge within days.

And her government’s ability to act in the national interest has been trashed. It may not last beyond the vote on the deal.

Mrs May, the Conservatives and the Brexit process are standing on the edge of a cliff. Is this the end – for all of them?

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