And now the latest news from Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle:
‘Brandon Lewis has replaced Sir Patrick McLoughlin as Tory party chairman with James Cleverly as his new deputy
James Brokenshire has resigned as Northern Ireland secretary for health reasons, as he faces surgery for a lung condition
Justice Secretary David Lidington moves to the Cabinet Office, inheriting part of Damian Green’s old job
Key figures Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson, David Davis and Amber Rudd have all been re-confirmed in their jobs’
There will probably be a bit more of this stuff later on but what it says to me is how utterly out of touch politicians are. Although I am sure Brandon Lewis is a fine choice to be Tory party chairman, whoever he is, I don’t expect this will be a major talking point on the 5.00 o clock to Ramsgate. I can imagine the conversation.
“Brandon Lewis is the new chairman of the Tory part.”
“Good grief. You’ll be telling me that David Lidington has been moved to the cabinet office next…”
Not going to happen, is it?
These people – and I know this is hard to believe – are actually elected to serve us, the poor bloody people. You wouldn’t think it, but the slippery, evasive and utterly useless Theresa May is in Number 10 supposedly to do what we tell her to do. And there was us thinking that she was actually telling US what to do. Funny old world, isn’t it?
There is also bad news and even worse news. The bad news is that Jeremy Hunt stays on at health which is astonishing given the absolute mess he has made of it, with patients lucky enough to actually get into hospital having to lie in corridors and the unlucky ones dying either from various conditions or old age. Worse still , Hunt gets social care added to his portfolio. Given that social care is all but in a state of collapse anyway, at least I suppose he can’t make it any worse. Can he?
Mrs May, in common with many other politicians, is talking to herself and her little Westminster clique and no one else. We’re out here waiting for solutions to serious problems and May is pissing about appointing a new bloke as Tory party chairman. It’s almost as if they don’t care.