This year’s model

By Jonathan Werran | 17 February 2020
  • Jonathan Werran

In his early 1980s heyday as the top rottweiler of Fleet Street, legend had it that editor of The Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie dashed off a redundancy letter to the tabloid’s resident astrologer which infamously began: 'As you will no doubt have already seen in the stars..!'

The exit stage right of Esther McVey from the housing brief was possibly easier to predict than some of what transpired last week’s ministerial merry go round.

Last week’s post-election reshuffle showed that, with an 80 seat majority and a ‘do or die’ determination to get stuff done and lay the ground for a Johnson second term in 2024, the emphasis would be on capability and fit.

With Robert Jenrick left in place as secretary of state, at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the former Department for Work and Pensions secretary, GMTV presenter and Tatton MP was clearly facing eviction from Marsham Street. 

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