Whether or not the nation unlocks on June 21 hangs in the balance. The Cabinet is divided over whether or not to impose ‘environmental’ tariffs on Australian meat. The Prime Minister’s education tsar just resigned. So how’s the Cabinet League Table looking?
- Matt Hancock’s score falls by 23 points in a single month, although he just about manages to avoid disturbing the three regular low-rankging faces on the table’s inverse podium. Dominic Cummings’ head-on attack on the Health Secretary has clearly had an effect.
- The Prime Minister’s score has recovered a bit, rising from 19th to 11th place and putting on more than 20 points. It isn’t difficult to imagine it climbing further or falling hard again next month, depending on whether unlocking goes ahead or we see a new surge in cases. Volatility remains one of the salient features of Boris Johnson’s score.
- Liz Truss has now topped the table six months running, and her rating is almost unchanged from last month. It looks as if securing new trade deals and taking fire at the woke agenda is a winning combination with the grassroots.
- Robert Jenrick languishes near the bottom of the table, as he has for months, underpolled only by Amanda Milling and Gavin Williamson. The price one pays for taking housebuilding seriously?
- Lord Frost holds on to fourth place and sees his score climb into the 70s – perhaps reflecting support from our panellists for his determined efforts to secure changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol.