Boris Johnson’s New Cabinet: Who’s In?

A Critical Overview of UK Cabinet Reshuffle

The recent cabinet reshuffle conducted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson has received much attention, particularly in light of the expectation for increased diversity among the new cabinet members. Prior to the reshuffle, there was much speculation about the number of women and individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds who would be selected for cabinet positions. In this article, we will examine the changes in the cabinet and the factors influencing the reshuffle.

The composition of the new cabinet under Mr. Johnson has changed significantly, with several prominent names leaving their posts. The outgoing ministers include Chancellor Sajid Javid, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, and Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom. This is the second reshuffle carried out by Mr. Johnson since he became prime minister in July 2019, following his Conservative leadership election victory.

One significant change in the new cabinet is the increased representation of women. However, despite the increase in proportion, the actual number of women has fallen from eight to seven, as some positions were closed. The low representation of women in the cabinet remains a cause for concern, particularly given the recent focus on increasing diversity and equal opportunities in politics.

Another area of concern is the educational background of cabinet members. The majority of the new cabinet members have attended independent schools, with over 60% coming from this background. This highlights the uneven distribution of opportunities to enter the political elite, which is a pressing issue that must be addressed. It is also notable that every prime minister since 1937, except for Gordon Brown, who attended university, was educated at Oxford or Cambridge universities.

Furthermore, the cabinet reshuffle has brought some new faces into the cabinet. Michael Gove is the most experienced among the new team, with the remaining ministers appointed by Mr. Johnson in July last year having just 204 days of cabinet experience.

Labour Guru’s Plan to Win Back the Working Class

In the aftermath of the general election, Labour is seeking to regain support from its traditional voter base, particularly among the working class. However, the party faces significant challenges, including factionalism, controversies over anti-Semitism, and a lack of success in recent elections.

The loss of the “red wall” to the Conservatives in the general election was a significant setback for Labour, and the party is now seeking to win back support from voters in these areas. The party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has attempted to balance opposition to the government during the ongoing national emergency while facing challenges from a charismatic and polarizing Prime Minister, as well as restrictions on movement and public gatherings due to COVID-19.

Sir Keir recently visited Blackpool to engage with a dozen independently selected former Labour voters, seeking to understand their concerns and take their feedback on board. During the discussions, it became apparent that many of the voters were disappointed with the party’s recent performance, with some describing the previous leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as “toxic” and the party as being in a “death spiral”.

Despite the criticisms, Sir Keir listened to the voters’ concerns and engaged with them on a wide range of issues. While there was no sudden rush of affection for the Labour leader, it was clear that some in the audience were willing to take another look at the party under his leadership.

In conclusion, the challenges facing Labour are significant, and winning back support from traditional voters in working-class areas will not be easy. However, Sir Keir’s visit to Blackpool shows that he is willing to engage with voters and listen to their concerns. This willingness to listen and learn is an essential quality for any politician seeking to lead their party and the country.