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Theresa’s tilting cabinet


Theresa May promised to fight “burning injustice” in British society and create a union “between all of our citizens”.  Of course if she fails to keep that promise her speech will spread far wider than it has done thus far.  Exactly the same thing happened with Cameron’s NHS promises as we showed here (episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4).

During her reign at the Home Office Theresa May didn’t exactly do much to fight “burning injustice”.  She was in charge of the sex abuse inquiry farce. She gave her department huge payrises as a reward for failure. There was no action taken against staff who ‘accidentally’ leaked confidential online abuse submissions to the public (many of whom received death threats).  There was no action taken when staff ‘accidentally’ deleted those online submissions so no inquiry could take place.  Plenty of “burning injustice” not dealt with.

Now the new cabinet has been formed here is a list of the chosen ones.

We’ll mention a few here:

Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary – He wanted the top job but pulled out of the race when Michael Gove made a surprise announcement that he was to run for PM.  The former Mayor of London’s appointment could be seen as somewhat unexpected, having been prone to more than the odd gaffe overseas down the years.

Philip Hammond is Chancellor – In one swift announcement George Osborne was out and former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was in as Chancellor of the Exchequer. He has previously served as Transport Secretary and Defence Secretary.

Damian Green – Work and Pensions secretary – Mr Green rose to prominence in 2008 after his Commons office was controversially raided by police over alleged leaks despite not presenting a search warrant..

Jeremy Hunt – Health – A controversial figure, Jeremy Hunt has been kept on as Health Secretary after three years despite a damaging dispute with junior doctors that led to the first ever all out strike of medics.

David Davis is Secretary for exiting EU –  In holding the newly created role Mr Davis will be front and centre in the negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU.

Liz Truss is Justice secretary – She moves over from her previous job of Environment Secretary to become Britain’s first female Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, replacing the sacked Michael Gove.

Chris Grayling – transport secretary – A difficult spell as Justice Secretary (not a qualified lawyer) under David Cameron saw Mr Grayling moved to Commons leader – while his replacement Michael Gove reversed many of his changes.



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