What he detests is less liberalism than democracy, and the obstacle it poses to Russian foreign policy objectives.
The former Treasury Minister is regarded as a “safe pair of hands”. However, he may not stay in post for long.
A Brexiteer backbencher and former minister, who has not yet signalled how he intends to vote on the deal, has been knighted.
Roger Scruton is advising the Government on ensuring new buildings are beautiful. But defeating the architectural establishment will not be easy.
Jo Johnson is third. Then Greg Hands and Matt Hancock. But those who lead the results may be no less likely to go up than those who trail them.
The Mercers, Tugendhats and Cleverlys get a lot of media coverage. However, most promotions come from the ranks of the toiling Ministers of State.
It is not for nothing that the ‘hero’ of Ayn Rand’s despicable book ‘The Fountainhead’ is an architect.
Plus: Let’s have no sympathy for Farron. He didn’t give straight answers to straight questions, and is thus the cause of his own downfall.
A summary of the news from the junior ranks to date. Announcements of appointments yet to conclude.
Oh, and Timothy and Hill should be moved on from being co-Chiefs of Staff – the former to head up policy, the latter press.
“Some who did the damage to our country were crass and careless. But some wrought monstrous havoc knowingly, wilfully. All of them Philistines. Well now the Philistines have met their David.”
You sometimes stand so close to something that you can’t really see it. So it is with the staggering implictations of what Britain did on June 23rd.
Which former aide turned down a peerage? See text (and picture left).
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Plus: May’s first PMQs. Splash! Olive trees in view. Plosh! Ministers reshuffled. Splurge! Cameroons fired. Whoosh! P.S: Time for another dip in my Spanish pool…