Cabinet reshuffle: Boris Johnson’s team has new faces
London: The Brexit cabinet has been replaced by a Build Back Better cabinet, if people were wondering what Boris Johnson had planned it was his legacy. Johnson’s legacy revolves around two parts: part one is that Brexit is more or less accomplished, less Northern Ireland is; The second part is the range of electoral reforms underway.
Let’s take a look at the cabinet that will implement these domestic reforms. New Foreign Minister Liz Truss is a career politician and a bit of a chameleon, a former Liberal Democrat activist, and Remainer Truss is now being hailed as an alternative to Margaret Thatcher. Her belief in free markets and her spectacular success in securing trade deals around the world has placed her at the top of cabinet secretary polls, Truss is still a liberal and as Minister for Women and Equalities, She will expand on the Prime Minister’s Upgrading Program, including the UK’s first ever global LGBT conference to tackle global inequality. During the pre-2015 ‘golden age’, Truss was on a pro-China visit twice, since 2019 she has become more hawkish about human rights and values over human rights. man in supply chains. Truss’s recent international experience will serve him well at FCDO, his priorities will be relations with the United States, Russia and China and his appointment will put an end to Dominic Raab’s debacle in Afghanistan.
Raab brokered the Deputy Prime Minister’s deal to compliment his transfer to the post of Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, replacing hardworking but low-key Robert Buckland. Raab is perfectly qualified to assume the ECHR as he graduated from Oxford and Cambridge in jurisprudence; he is known not to be a fan of the Human Rights Act.
Michael Gove has been in the gossip columns recently, but that doesn’t take away from the serious and cerebral capacity he has as a politician, Gove’s influence is pervasive no matter what he’s in charge. Now Housing SoS (he formed here, he was shadow minister of housing in 2005), after endless studies, assessments and policy adjustments, Gove is likely to deliver what the Red Wall needs, affordable housing that complete the green agenda.
Gove also has form in Scotland and the Prime Minister is counting on him to save the Union, it is reported that Gove intends to suppress David Cameron’s “English votes for English laws”. Gove is a tireless person and transforms any department in which he operates.
Iraq-born Nadim Zahawi’s successful vaccine deployment program rewarded him with Education SoS. A chemical engineer, he has already been part of many select committees, advised No. 10 on apprenticeships and was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education from January 2018 to July 2019. The former holder of the education who was in charge during the Covid exam circus is not expected to sit quietly on the back benches.
Nadine Dorries succeeds Oliver Dowden at the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports; a trained nurse Dorries has twenty years of diverse experiences in parliament, her frankness, spontaneity and Christian views have both won and lost her support. Dorries does not tolerate awakening and has never hesitated to assert his ideology. Dowden joins Ben Elliott at CCHQ as party co-chair.
Anne Marie Trevelyan should develop the good work of Liz Truss. Trevelyan is a Eurosceptic and socially conservative, she was previously accused of sinophobia by Chinese-British Labor MP Sarah Owen, for a joke she posted on Twitter. Trevelyan has held many positions that qualify her for SoS in DTI.
It should be noted that Truss, Dorries, Gove and Zahawi did not study privately and Johnson now has 2 other women in place, another ethnically-based SoS and a Red Wall MP as secretary in head of the treasury. Priti Patel, Sajid Javid, Ben Wallace and Rishi Sunak remain in place, this is no longer an Eton-trained cabinet, and the players who will take part in the next leadership election are likely to be Sunak, Javid and Truss.
The new cabinet and whips will be tasked with passing two new reforms that jointly form Part 2 of the Johnson legacy that will ensure a long-term Conservative government.
Now let’s take a look at the current electoral reform legislation, taking note of the date of 2023. The Boundary Commission for England has released its first proposals for new constituency boundaries. The 2023 Parliamentary Constituency Review was officially launched in January this year. The Commission is required to ensure that the number of voters in each constituency is more equal; in doing so, the number of constituencies in England will drop from 533 to 543. According to the proposals, just under 10% of the existing 533 English constituencies remain unchanged.
On average, 73,181 people were registered to vote in the parliamentary elections in each UK constituency at the time of the 2019 general election, but this figure hides large differences between constituencies. The smallest constituency has 21,106 voters, while the largest has 113,021.
The new proposals aim to make the number of voters in each parliamentary constituency more equal. Each new constituency recommended by the Commission is required by law to contain between 69,724 and 77,062 voters, which means that there will be a significant change in the current boundaries.
This favors the Conservative Party as there will be more Labor fringe who are more likely to switch to Conservative.
The second proposed / propelled reform is the ‘first past the post’ system for the election of mayors in England and Wales, and police and police commissioners, to replace the supplementary voting (SV) system. In the SV system, voters have a first and a second choice. If a candidate obtains more than 50% of the first preference votes, he is elected. If no candidate reaches the 50% threshold, the two candidates with the highest number of votes remain. This eliminates the other candidates. The second preference of the eliminated candidates is counted. Everything done for the two remaining candidates is transferred. The candidate who obtains the most votes at the end of this process is elected.
Conservatives are more likely to win in a first past the post system, as the second options usually wake up in the end.
With an unprecedented majority in the Commons and the new team on board, the necessary legislation will certainly pass.
The Telegraph reports that “Conservative Party staff were invited by Oliver Dowden, the new co-chair, on Wednesday evening to start preparations for a general election which could take place in just 20 months.” The Telegraph understands that Boris Johnson is also considering a general election in May or June 2023, a year ahead of schedule.
Experts disagree, some say Johnson will rule for 12 years and others say once his legacy is secured and the Tories remain in power for the foreseeable future, nonetheless Johnson will not be averse to watching the maneuvers of leadership begin.