The Establishment is already attempting to spin Theresa May’s decision to sack – or more precisely ask to resign – her deputy Damian Green as a sign of the PM’s ‘strength’ and confidence. The BBC’s Nick Robinson got straight to the point:
Theresa May ordered an investigation into Green for ‘misleading’ – then didn’t like the verdict so she ordered another and got the same result.
As the Independent’s Jon Stone pointed out, Green’s troubles were ultimately of his own making.
Damian Green ultimately lost his job over his false statement on 4 November claiming he didn’t know porn had been found
You may remember tech issues revealed that statement was emailed to him by his special advisor, former Sun PR Dylan Sharpe. Good job!https://t.co/4SKfqNRGx1
— Jon Stone (@joncstone) December 20, 2017
But in spite of that, Theresa May didn’t want to sack Green – as basically admitted in her letter to him:
Even Robinson had to admit it in a different tweet:
What a tangled web spun. The truth is far simpler – May, desperately weak in spite of the pretence that her recent ‘deal’ with the EU was anything but a complete surrender – was forced to sack her closest front-bench ally.
Strong Prime Ministers don’t sack close allies that they don’t want to sack. May’s abject weakness meant she couldn’t defend a friend and ally even though she wanted to.
And no amount of supine BBC spin can disguise that Green’s removal – the third Cabinet-level dismissal/resignation in less than two months – is anything other than the crisis of a weak government (un)led by a ‘weak and feeble’ PM.
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