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Sunak’s rating is still lamentable and Hunt remains in negative ratings, but Sturgeon’s fall and Zelensky’s visit made last month’s political background less unfavourable.
So does Raab. Our top three are unchanged – and Alister Jack’s rating is up slightly, taking him to sixth place.
The Defence Secretary stays top, and he, Kemi Badenoch and James Cleverly remain the only three Cabinet members to score above 50 points in both November’s and this Christmas survey.
Voter support varies so much between unions – barristers, for example, have half the support of nurses – that the Government can aim to pick off different unions at different points.
‘Meetings are different from pay negotiations’, the Foreign Secretary explains.
I would break this down into three broad and interconnected areas. How do we improve accountability? How do we embrace new technology? And how do we allocate resources more effectively?
The average score is the lowest recently, though not by all that much – a natural extension of the panel’s verdict yesterday on the Government’s economic policy.
“If there is a delay in terms of an ambulance getting to someone then obviously that is a material risk…the primary cause of the delay has been delays in domiciliary care in residential homes.”
“I don’t support it – I want to maximise the opportunites that Brexit offers. That’s what I worked for as Brexit Secretary.”
Wallace is top again. Badenoch and Cleverly score well. Sunak wins a respectable rating. And Williamson is in negative territory.
The Prime Minister’s score is still dire: he is back in positive ratings, but not by very much. Though a substantial minority of the panel want him on the leadership election ballot and/or would vote for him had they the option, a larger majority of it does not.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has made the important point that if Civil Servants work from home, they lose out on the by-products of working in an office.
A pattern is beginning to form below the Defence Secretary, with Truss, Zahawi and Trevelyan coming in variously at second, third and fourth.
Managerial, competent, and in possession of a tight grasp on detail, Barclay is the ideal custodian of an unwieldy department like Health.