Johnson ally quits – or is manipulated into quitting
Sajid Javid has sensationally quit as Chancellor amid Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle, days after approving the continuation of the HS2 ‘white elephant’.
Javid resigned after refusing to sack his advisory team – he expressed his anger last year when an adviser was sacked without Javid being consulted, but did not act at that time.
It seems likely that Javid was maneouvred into his resignation as part of Dominic Cummings’ push to surround Johnson with yes-men, even though Javid was hardly a challenge. Treasury Secretary Rishi Sunak has been promoted to fill the role.
In spite of Boris Johnson’s Commons majority, the sickness at the heart of his government cannot be hidden.
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