Thursday’s moves have put No 10 firmly in control. Now Johnson can’t avoid responsibility for his government’s actions
In the weeks after Boris Johnson’s election victory, a cabinet minister paid a visit to Downing Street to discuss their brief. It wasn’t to pitch a flagship policy or suggest a personal programme of radical reform. Instead, their message to the No 10 operation was simple: what do you want to do?
This secretary of state had clocked early on what’s only now dawning on many ministers – and former ministers – in the wake of Thursday’s reshuffle. The minister had read the tea leaves and worked out that the best way to get on in this government was to show No 10 that you would drive forward its agenda.
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