8th January 2018
Watching the Cabinet re-shuffle is an eye-opener.
If you had your political antennae set to “snooze” as you scoffed the last of the sherry trifle and trudged back to work, today’s Parade of Undesirables may have woken you from your slumbers.
The loss of the brilliantly named James Brokenshire as Northern Ireland may not be for shame or scandal, but it is another key ally gone missing for the beleagured Strong and Stable One. Her ship of state looks increasingly Titanic as it lists towards its destination. Reshuffling her pack of incompetents is the least of her worries.
With the bald onanist on the board of the new Office for Students acting like a masturbatory teenager on viagra, the tone and calibre of the Conservative government is defined. Labour’s Laura Pidcock noted after the PM’s unfortunate interview with Andrew Marr:
“The point is that Toby Young’s repeated misogyny, his homophobic tweets, his disgraceful comments about disability and working class students indicate an attitude and a mind-set, which doesn’t just go away because you draw an imaginary line in the sand.”
But then, given the Tories track record on disability and benefits sanctions culture, why should we be surprised that a Conservative appointment jokes about masturbating over images of starving children (an act then described as ”caustic wit”?)
We should remember that if this Benny Hill Culture of Boobs passes for a ‘maverick sense of humour’ in Conservative circles – the wider question isn’t just a tolerance for misogyny but the appointment of a man whose mission is to destroy state education.
That’s why he’s being defended. Remember when he ‘reviewed’ Ken Loach’s multi award-winning film I Daniel Blake saying: ‘I’m no expert on the welfare system, but several aspects don’t ring true” displaying a sort of mesmerising pride in his own complete ignorance of the world.
But then Theresa May also appointed Maria Caulfield, who opposed legislation to decriminalise abortion, as the Tory Vice Chair for Women, just allowed Jeremy Hunt to remain as Health Secretary after presiding over the worst #NHScrisis in history and has appointed David Gauke who oversaw the Universal Credit crisis as Lord Chancellor – so at least she’s consistent.
None of this should come as a huge surprise. Stirring the pot of tripe was the only option May had. There isn’t a hord of enlightened talented junior ministers ready to spring in to action. This is it. An all white 70% male cabinet of mediocrity.
May now oversees an omnishambles of historic proportions.
As she “shows strength” by appointing a No Deal Minister (yes really) we are now in territory where the British Government are threatening our European colleagues with unleashing epic levels of stupidity.
This is a Cabinet filled with contempt.
The only question we should be asking ourselves is: why are the Conservatives not tanking in the polls like no government ever before?
Where the hell is the Winter of Discontent?