Reshuffles can change the personality of a government, it can also create problems for the Prime Minister because of whom she sacks or promotes
by our London Correspondent
( January 10, 2018, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) Prime Minster Theresa May on Monday 8 January 2018 tried to reshuffle her Cabinet.
It was long expected after the resignation of some of her Cabinet, including Damian Green, her closest advisor and First Secretary of State, and losing two of her Ministers in a weak, prior to Christmas.
The re-jigging of her top team was the public expectation, but she surprised all by keeping her “Big Four Beasts” – Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, Home Secretary, Amber Rudd and Brexit Secretary, David Davis in place.
In a spring clean in deep winter, ahead of the Local Government elections later this year, Theresa May appears to have mostly shifted existing Cabinet members to new roles, changing job titles, moving her Ministers sideways, making promotions and demoting some, who in her opinion had not served her expectations.
The main demotions:
Sir Patrick McLooughlin resigned as Conservative Party Chairman James Brokenshire resigned as Northern Ireland Secretary, on health grounds;
Karen Bradley now becomes N.I. Secretary, she was Culture Secretary
The main promotions:
Rt.Hon. David Lidington becomes Cabinet Office Minister replacing Damian Green, but not given title as First Secretary Brandon Lewis previously Immigration Minister becomes Conservative Party Chairman and Minister without portfolio, James Cleverly, past Member of London Assembly working with Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London, a backbench MP for Braintree, but Private Parliamentary Secretary (PPS) to Brandon Lewis, now becomes Conservative Party Deputy Chairman. He will work with the Conservative Party Central Office, Westminster
The Change of Job Titles:
Rt,Hon,Jeremy Hunt becomes Secretary of State of Health with added portfolio of Social Care, which was held by Rt.Hon David Gauke, who now becomes Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor
Rt.Hon Sajid Javid becomes Secretary for Communities and Local Government with added portfolio for Housing.
Reshuffles can change the personality of a government, it can also create problems for the Prime Minister because of whom she sacks or promotes.
It appears the Prime Minister has by a cosmetic exercise of a reshuffle of her Ministers exerted more personal authority, on a government which was considered weak and needing focus. She has tried to turn a “priti pickle” issue of sexual harassment to a “pretty promising” arrangement by bring in Black and Ethnic Minorities into office.