Over the past few weeks, Theresa May has made many changes to her cabinet as part of the reshuffle. This has raised concerns regarding her leadership of the country. She has shown that she is incapable of leading her own party in this period of transition, let alone leading the UK forward in this important period. Her lack of authority is clear. The Cabinet has been riddled with resignations and refusals, most notably that of Justine Greening as Education Secretary. This demonstrates the internal lack of enthusiasm in the proposed direction of the Conservative party, as well as a lack of faith in their party leader. Theresa May has expressed her disappointment in Justine’s Greening decision. Greening’s decision to resign from her post demonstrates the lack of consensus amongst conservative peers as she disagreed with the formulation of an education system built around grammar schools.
I would like to say that the continuous rejection of different cabinet roles is a huge embarrassment for Theresa May. If anything, this shows her lack of control over the already weak minority government.
Theresa May’s reshuffle does not offer much hope for those who put her in power and the public as it appears her reshuffle fails to show an interest in domestic policy and issues, such as housing, school standards, the environment and the NHS.
Her initial aim of the cabinet reshuffle was to solidify her position as Prime Minister, with a strong cohesive cabinet supporting her. This has evidently failed to come to fruition. As key members of the current government have likened it to Harold Macmillan’s cabinet reshuffle labelling it as the “night of the blunt stiletto”.
It seems Theresa May has lost the influence over her ministers. Jeremy Hunt’s refusal to change from his Health post to a different department is an evident example. The reshuffle has been used as a distraction away from Theresa May‘s stance on key policy areas and her failures thus far. We should expect greater instability within these government departments.
Although her reshuffling of the cabinet expected to see an overhaul of her senior ministers, the demographics of the current cabinet are 74% male and 96% white at an average age of 50. So statistically speaking, her cabinet reshuffle hasn’t promoted further diversity in Government but instead has reinforced ideas of what Tory governments look like. As a result, the reshuffling of her cabinet should be described as the recycling and reusing of positions rather than a reshuffle.
Mrs May has restated her desire to remain as PM, with her “I am not a quitter” mentality. I would prefer our country had a leader who actually lives up to that claim and directs our nation in the right direction.
I hope that the Tories get their issues resolved. Hopefully they understand our futures are in their hands.