Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats
Just different clowns!
The Conservative government was re-organised to great media attention. The much threatened changes suggest there will be little change in the basic approach of the government with the ideological make-up pretty unchanged, indeed the brexiteer true believers seem to have consolidated their position.
Their is some good news. Gavin Williamson possibly the most hopeless education minister in living memory has gone, as has Robert Jenrick whose illegal intervention
on behalf of a Tory donors development, and, biased allocation of levelling up funds to local towns called into question his probity and competence
Having missed the Afghan debacle whilst he sunned himself on holiday Dominic Raab has been moved from Foreign Secretary but not sacked. Instead he becomes Deputy prime minister and Justice Secretary. You couldn't make it up!
And Raab has been replaced by Norfolk MP and Tory party favourite Liz Truss. She has been in the news a lot since Brexit announcing lots of trade deals most of which were simply copies of deals we already had in the EU but making them sound like great victories! Just recently she agreed a deal with Australia in which she sacrificed high agricultural standards required of our farmers to get a deal and took out protections to ensure that carbon reductions required to combat climate change were adhered to.
No sign that Britain's interests will be fought for there!
Having been given a mauling at Prime Minister's questions over the issue of cuts in universal credit the cynical might think that the changes of personnel but not substance we a way of diverting attention from this issue. The problem with that argument is Mr Johnson regularly fails to give sensible answers when put under pressure and he can't keep changing things!
It would be great to think the changes will see improvements in the competence of the government but we are not holding our breath