Very little is actually happening in Government at the moment: none of that delivery has been made, Brexit has not actually been done, no rail lines have been reopened, no towns have been regenerated, and there don’t appear to be any more Police on the streets, or indeed elsewhere. So alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is having a cabinet reshuffle, which interests the media, but is otherwise of little use.
Fortunately, Bozo has given a little cheer to those who have little time for the Tories, by sacking some of the nastier ones. These include Theresa Villiers, who had been Environment Secretary, although not many had noticed. Much more cheering has accompanied the departure of Andrea Leadsom, who now has more time to tell the world that she was right, and John Bercow was jolly beastly. Allegedly.
Even more cheering came at the news that Esther McVey had been sacked from her post as Housing Minister. What did she do there? Does anyone know? Apart from take the money - a favourite McVey pastime - of course. But this was offset by the mystified looks at the removal of Julian Smith from the Northern Ireland berth. Smith may not be the brightest bulb in the pack, but he got devolution restored. Didn’t that count for anything?
Apparently not: Smith had “stood up” to Bozo, and in particular had let the cat out of the bag when he said that a No Deal Brexit would be “very, very bad for Northern Ireland”. It would be very, very bad for the whole of the UK, but that is not the point. He wasn’t supposed to tell the great unwashed what may await them at the end of the year.
But all of this was a mere hors d’oeuvres for a much more tantalising entrée, as the malign presence of chief Downing Street polecat Dominic Cummings entered: with four weeks to go before a Budget is due to be delivered, Sajid Javid, nominally the Chancellor of the Exchequer but of late kept in the dark about what was going on next door, has resigned.
As the BBC has told, “political editor Laura Kuenssberg says Sajid Javid has decided that rather than obey the PM to sack his advisory team, he has turned down the second most important job. Rishi Sunak is likely to be appointed chancellor in his place, she says. Mr Javid was meant to be staying on despite the unhappiness between his team and Downing Street, our political editor says. It is quite an extraordinary thing to happen at this stage of a new government. He was meant to be delivering a budget in four weeks' time”.
Well, he ain’t delivering it now. And one hates to say this, but Rishi Sunak? RISHI SODDING SUNAK? He arguably should not have been made chief secretary to the Treasury, never mind considered as Chancellor of the Exchequer. This points to Sunak being CHINO (Chancellor In Name Only). The Exchequer is now effectively under the control of an unelected loose cannon who is already in contempt of Parliament.
So while the first thought was that Julian Smith would be the news, with Richard Murphy musing “Julian Smith was the best of a very, very poor bunch”, we end up with Polecat Dom installing his stooge in 11 Downing Street and Ian Dunt concluding “Boris Johnson: Someone so dreadful you end up feeling admiration for Sajid Javid”.
Dominic Cummings is now confirmed at the real Prime Minister. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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