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Crazy Chris
post Feb 13 2020, 10:09 AM
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Both Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey are sacked. Also in an unpopular move, NI Secretary Julian Smith has been sacked.

Senior figures such as Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Priti Patel are not expected to be moved.


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post Feb 13 2020, 10:11 AM
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From BBC News:

So it's farewell Julian Smith and we'll be getting a fourth Northern Ireland Secretary in under four years.

This will be a hugely unpopular decision in both Belfast and Dublin, and will leave some wondering why the prime minister would sack a secretary of state who actually managed to do his job - getting devolution restored.

But remember, Julian Smith and Boris Johnson had never seen eye-to-eye - on Brexit and other Northern Ireland matters.

Mr Smith had also been known for fighting his corner in cabinet, rather than being quietly loyal.

In his short-lived time at Stormont (just seven months), he not only stopped the ship from sinking but also helped it to chart a new course.

Many will feel his replacement has a lot to live up to.
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post Feb 13 2020, 10:37 AM
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So Leadsom gets a second severance payment in less than a year. And we all pay for it.
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post Feb 13 2020, 10:42 AM
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I prefer to call this rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
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post Feb 13 2020, 10:57 AM
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I'd hardly say a new Government with a decent majority is sinking.
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post Feb 13 2020, 11:13 AM
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Julian Smith has been the most effective NI Secretary we’ve had in the last 10 years, so of course he’s the first out.
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post Feb 13 2020, 12:00 PM
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Sajid Javid resigns!

are things okay boris
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post Feb 13 2020, 12:08 PM
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The traditional stable Conservative government then, definitely no chaos to be seen with the Budget four weeks away!!

I’ve got no comment on the actual capability of any of the ministers but there’s been SO many changes in every department over the past few years. How can any department run effectively with a new head every year or so. Imagine a business getting a new CEO every year!
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post Feb 13 2020, 12:25 PM
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So the views of the unelected bureaucrat Dominic Cummings are deemed more important than those of the Chancellor.
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post Feb 13 2020, 12:53 PM
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Sajid apparently resigned rather than fire all of his advisers in order to replace them with Johnson's hand-picked number 10 staff.

Anyone else smell something fashy...?
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post Feb 13 2020, 03:49 PM
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Cummings is a hateful bast*rd like.

Is there anything ideological about this or is it just personal and about control?
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post Feb 13 2020, 04:10 PM
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Rishi Sunak is the new Chancellor. WHO?
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post Feb 13 2020, 04:16 PM
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QUOTE(Crazy Chris @ Feb 13 2020, 04:10 PM) *
Rishi Sunak is the new Chancellor. WHO?

He stood in for Johnson when he couldn't be bothered to turn up for leadership debates in the election campaign. He has been tipped as a future Chancellor but it had been assumed that there wouldn't be a vacancy so soon. Javid has his place in history as the Chancellor with the shortest period in office.
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post Feb 13 2020, 04:18 PM
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Has there ever been a chancellor who never did a budget?
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post Feb 13 2020, 04:26 PM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Feb 13 2020, 03:49 PM) *
Cummings is a hateful bast*rd like.

Is there anything ideological about this or is it just personal and about control?



They say Cummings will virtually be the new Chancellor with Sunak a stooge doing what he's told by Boris and Cummings. rolleyes.gif



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post Feb 13 2020, 04:28 PM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Feb 13 2020, 04:18 PM) *
Has there ever been a chancellor who never did a budget?



According to the DS posters, yes, as he died before he could do one. They don't name him though.
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QUOTE(J00ps @ Feb 13 2020, 12:53 PM) *
Sajid apparently resigned rather than fire all of his advisers in order to replace them with Johnson's hand-picked number 10 staff.

Anyone else smell something fashy...?


It stinks of it.

We have to remember the Germans from the 1930s, who said it was one unsettling development after the next. A page in the Tory manifesto literally lays out provisions for a dictatorship. If they need to. With the media on side, they can just keep romping elections for the next 100 years anyway. A one party state, basically.

At the same time as thia, people are coming back from holiday, including a boy, to find their passports were revoked. It is ILLEGAL to make someone stateless under international law. Something is NOT RIGHT.

Giving total budgetary control to Goebbels is beyond worrying.

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post Feb 13 2020, 04:52 PM
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QUOTE(Crazy Chris @ Feb 13 2020, 04:26 PM) *
They say Cummings will virtually be the new Chancellor with Sunak a stooge doing what he's told by Boris and Cummings. rolleyes.gif


Your giving Cummings too much credit here and Boris not enough. Johnson knows exactly what he's doing!!
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post Feb 13 2020, 04:53 PM
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Photo just issued of the new Cabinet. rotf.gif


https://twitter.com/abn_frankie/status/1227...4665370625?s=21


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post Feb 13 2020, 04:56 PM
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Suella Braverman, a barrister, has been made new Attorney General and attends Cabinet.

Brandon Lewis is the new NI Secretary.


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