Another day, another Cabinet calamity.
You might well have thought things could hardly have got any worse for the Prime Minister, after losing two Cabinet ministers within the space of a week, and that a period of calm might descend on our political leaders. But, you’d be wrong.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Environment Secretary Michael Gove, not so long ago at daggers drawn, have apparently conspired together to write an explosive letter to the Prime Minister, allegedly dictating terms for a hard Brexit.
This memorandum also reportedly urges her to crack down on those ministers who do not agree with this approach, including the Chancellor Philip Hammond and those Whitehall civil service mandarins who share Hammond’s view and are claimed to be doing their utmost to wreck Brexit.
I cannot believe that the Prime Minister will welcome this explosive new development, even if she is sympathetic to some of the views in it.
The Cabinet does not exactly resemble a vicarage garden party as it is. This could transform the Cabinet into a sackful of brawling ferrets.
Perhaps Messrs Johnson and Gove believe this kind of action might devolve to their credit when the time comes for a Tory leadership battle. Both are desperately ambitious. I doubt it, though.
But the big question the British voter will be asking is, whether, after all these shenanigans, these two will have enough time left to do what the taxpayer pays them to do – run their departments.
- Some two yeas ago, many members of both the Labour and Conservative Parties suspected the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader would drive his party into doom and destruction. The Tories were positively gleeful.
How things have changed. Corbyn’s unexpectedly impressive performance at the last general election, has changed everyone’s views.
Gordon Brown has described Corbyn as a phenomenon, while the Tories fear the perils that could lie ahead for them.
Anyone who thinks the Tory fears are groundless, needs to think again.