What would be the point of analysing the latest cabinet reshuffle in detail? Dave’s done exactly as expected – replaced a number of middle-aged well-qualified experienced male cabinet ministers with younger poorly-qualified women. Why do I say ‘poorly-qualified’? Because if these women were well-qualified, they’d certainly be in the cabinet already.
Perhaps the worst example is the replacement of one of the few conviction politicians in the cabinet, Michael Gove, Education Secretary, by Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities. We note she retains her ‘Women and Equalities’ portfolio. All government policy directions with a possible gender angle already favour women and/or girls over men and/or boys, so we can’t imagine that portfolio can take up more than five minutes in her day. We note media speculation that Gove’s policy direction will remain unchanged as she’ll be supported by two ‘Goveites’, Nick Gibb and Nick Boles. In other words, Morgan will bring nothing to the position. She’ll be yet another overpaid talking head, at least for the next 10 months.