Will this rework make a little difference? Of course not. The most damaged of the Prime Minister's battered shields has come out, to be replaced mostly by other willing obedient.
This loud squeak of the gears does not signal any new direction or intention. Nadine Dorries as secretary to culture? Read his books. God help the Brexit and budget arts and broadcasting, but she is the epitome of Boris Johnson's habit of hiring those he sees as his inferiors.
The riskiest is the promotion of Liz Truss, whose voluptuous ambition and extremism ideological placed him at the top of the ranking of the Conservative House among the members of the party, the darling of the fringe of the conference. Now Rishi Sunak has a rival as heir apparent, which may be Boris Johnson's intention. Moving Michael Gove to the housing and communities department is a smart change: he will have to define the amorphous blob that “gets better” and he will take the hit when there is no equalization, because the austerity budget of Sunak bites hard.
Life at the top of politics is usually miserable, brutal and short. The reshuffles are ruthless. "They are all there for themselves," a largely dismissive audience told pollsters, revering democracy but despising its practitioners. Few professions offer such a difficult climb, relatively low rewards, and an audience plummet quickly to the fat pole. Why do it?
Politicians I respect want to make society better - although there are none I can spot in this cabinet, which cowardly tolerates the whims of this prime minister, signi ng up to inadmissible things. Look, they've done it again today - refusing to vote against this pernicious £ 20 reduction in universal credit, knowing the damage they inflict on already poor children.
The unfortunate Gavin Williamson puts on a pitiful show as he walks out after relentless bullying, the guy fall as politics deviate beyond his power has caused the kids to yo-yo in and out of the closures. 'school. It was the Treasury that cut the money Catch-up Czar Kevan Collins needed for students hit hard by the pandemic. Williamson's attempt to make himself a "character", with a tarantula on his desk during his early days as Chief Whip, was sadly pathetic. Let's see what Nadhim Zahawi can do with schools still funded below 2010 levels.
Dominic Raab demoted, but not gone - keeping his empty title of "Deputy Prime Minister " just to prevent putative heirs with more influence, charm or talent from assuming it. His punishment for lounging on the beach while the Afghan troops fled is to inherit the land.least desirable summers in Great Britain, the prison estate in all its disrepair and with a quarter of prison officers lost .
The man to blame was still the prime minister for surrounding himself with the least threatening creatures who could never outshine him. Robert Jenrick should have been fired a long time ago. But he was doing his master's business by helping ex-pornographer Richard Desmond avoid paying £ 45million in taxes to poor Tower Hamlets and then donating to Conservative Party funds. Instead, Jenrick accepts the libertarian planning laws that were at the heart of Johnson's plans, but are now in full retreat after a revolt in the original counties in the Chesham by-election.
As for Robert Buckland,he was quite willing to take it out on the judges for limiting the justice of citizens-r scrutiny, only slightly softening Johnson's undemocratic urge. His opening words were: "I am deeply proud of all that I have accomplished. But he bequeaths to his successor, Raab, tens of thousands of people queuing for data crowns , with waiting lists at a highest historical even before the pandemic struck. Half of the Crown and Magistrate Courts were sold since 2010 , with a 34 week wait for a labor court hearing .
Who is sitting in which chair around the cabinet table doesn't really matter, when there is no ideological difference between them, no real left and right. By nature, they are all small states, Europhobes and poverty deniers, uncomfortably trapped in a pandemic big state crisis. Meanwhile, the ambitious Chancellor will continue to try to curb the childish taste of a willing prime minister to play with tunnels and bridges. The great cabinet court plays, the king's relative whim - until overthrown by them, the fate of almost all conservative prime ministers.
- Polly Toynbee is a columnist for The Guardian