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PM expected to dramatically change the Tory cabinet and the civil service

Monday 16th December 2019
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It was once reported by the PM’s Father, Stanley, that his son had declared at the age of ten that he wanted to be the King of the World.

While he may not have exactly achieved that high accolade, the election result on Thursday certainly gave him a very powerful kingdom within the Tory Party and of course in the UK’s parliament.

With an unexpected huge majority and many attributing the Conservatives success to Boris’ character and leadership style, he and his adviser Dominic Cummings are likely to make some swathing changes to the status quo.

Today he is expected to make a limited cabinet re shuffle, given that Nicky Morgan, the Culture Secretary stood down, Alun Cairns the Welsh Secretary resigned and Zac Goldsmith lost his seat, but post-Brexit there is little doubt that more dramatic changes will take place.

It will be interesting just how radical the PM will be. No longer shackled by the ERG and with an expensive manifesto to fulfil, who will he now want closest to him?

Will Raab and particularly Rees-Mogg be on the front bench or will he actually restore some one nation Tories to the cabinet after the last three years of furore?

However, it is not just in cabinet that Boris preposes to make his mark, he apparently has plans to revolutionise the workings of government itself.

It is well known that Cummings has long been critical of the civil service and Whitehall and it seems Johnson is keen to act on some of his concepts.

It appears that he is likely to sack civil servants on a large scale and replace them with external experts in particular topics, with the intention of reviving and boosting the economy as a result.

There will be a Queen’s Speech on Thursday which although a short one, will actually enshrine in law his commitment to boost NHS spending by £33.9bn by 2023-4, something no government has ever done before.

Similarly, in a bold move Johnson called a meeting for senior civil servants and explained that they had to make lives better for the working classes. His language is as extraordinary as his win as he explained , “When we get down to Westminster and we begin our work, remember we are not the masters, we are the servants now.”

Could the new Boris Johnson really be borrowing rhetoric fro Tony Blair’s days and trying to harness the middle ground in a bid to retain the Labour voters he has just won over?

If the Withdrawal Bill does go through in early January, the country may well be looking at a man who does indeed think he is King of the World and will use his new power to make radical and unexpected changes.

 

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