RESHUFFLE REVIEW: No Deal Brexit Minister A No Show!
Theresa May started the New Year as many feel she will continue throughout the year, in a totally shambolic fashion. However, there are at least two big disappointments for Brexiteers.
By far the most serious is that there was no appointment of a ‘No Deal Brexit Minister’, something that was widely trailed in the press over the weekend totally failed to materialise. Why? No one precisely knows and no official explanation was forthcoming. Indeed, the mainstream media seem to have totally failed to notice this omission. The Daily Express was still speculating that the post could be created late into Monday evening but this appears to be a triumph for optimism of will over objective reality.
I have to confess to not being surprised. This governments reputation for adopting a hard-line pose and then totally failing to deliver is well-established. I am personally of the view that raising the prospect of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit is a bargaining chip and nothing more, it is not something that this government will seriously entertain or ever enact.
The second disappointment was the appointment of David Lidington as Minister for the Cabinet Office and disgraced Damien Green’s effective replacement as Deputy PM. Mr Lidington is, you guessed it, a Remoaner. So, once again, given the opportunity to change the balance of the high offices of state, Mrs May has declined.
Overall then I have to say a disappointing reshuffle from a Brexiteering point of view and this is especially the case because in the instance of the ‘No Deal’ Minister it promised so much more than it actually delivered which, as I stated, is something of a bad habit that the government has fallen into. The appointment of Lidington merely reinforces the impression that Mrs May continues to flatter to deceive when it comes to delivering on her own Brexit messages. We need to ensure 2018 is the year we hold the government’s feet to the fire to ensure that the settled and democratically expressed will of the British people is delivered.