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:
Watch James Cleverly flap furiously when shown the agreed definition of Islamophobia after saying there "isn't one", and then doublies down with the "Islam isn't a race" trope.
Luckily, @LauraPidcockMP is there to put him straight. Silly Tory. pic.twitter.com/Vzc9rKSy16
— EL4C (@EL4JC) March 27, 2019
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:
‘Given that you’ve been using international comparisons about the vaccine it’s not unreasonable to ask you why we have the worst death rate in the world.’@Piersmorgan and @susannareid100 question Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis on the UK having the worst death rate. pic.twitter.com/N5SLe7cSQz
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 19, 2021
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”?
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