Johnson’s patronage is limited, and the makeup of the parliamentary Conservative Party necessitates keeping such MPs on side.
Government Reshuffle Live Blog. Wheeler back in the Whips Office. Griffith and Dines will be Johnson’s new PPS’s.
Rolling news, analysis and comment as the shuffle takes place this afternoon – and over the next few days.
With Neil gone and other veteran journalists reportedly unhappy, ‘Britain’s news channel’ looks less and less like a news channel.
The point of the reshuffle is not only, or even primarily, to bring a cutting edge to reform. It is to tighten the grip of Johnson’s chunky fist on power.
A number of ministers tipped for removal in the reshuffle were nowhere to be seen.
Ministers should be more resistant to calls for new shutdowns than they have been to pressure for more money.
Building more houses is a necessary but not sufficient means of ensuring rising home ownership for younger people.
As the Government u-turns on vaccine passports, how are we supposed to take the ‘Winter Plan’ seriously?
If a fresh wave puts severe pressure on the NHS, the Government will surely buckle. We have no way of knowing how.
Johnson, Sunak, tax and spending. The former strains to soar skywards. The latter keeps tugging him back to earth.
Conservative governments can raise tax rates temporarily as part of a clear plan – which wasn’t the case with last week’s announcement.
Our introduction to: what each Bill is, the politics of it, who’s responsible, arguments for and against – and a controversy rating out of ten.
Falling behind Labour will do nothing for the Tory mood, but there are a huge number of possible explanations for a narrowing in the polls.
His critics generally ignore the nation as it is, and keep their eyes fixed on the nation as it ought to be.
It seems to be primarily about incentivising people to get jabbed – but ministers can’t say so, and the result is unconvincing bluster.
There is resistance to it among British Muslims at a local level. But national campaigning against it has never really taken off.
The Labour leader found, as did Howard, Cameron and May, that it is very difficult to control Johnson’s animal spirits.