Who would you like as the next Secretary of State for Defra?
Who would you hate getting as Secretary of State for Defra?
Who do you expect to get as Secretary of State for Defra?
I really find it very difficult to answer any of those questions. That’s why I thought I’d ask for your opinions. But if you want to be scared rigid then have a look at John Rentoul’s assessment – a usually well-informed writer.
Can it really be the case that Gove, Johnson and Leadson will be rewarded for their differing displays of inadequacy over the last two or three weeks? Really?
There must be a good chance that Liz Truss will be on her way – potentially the least effective SoS for environment the world has ever known. Let’s just hope that she doesn’t get a job where she can do more harm.
Rory Stewart? What has his greatest achievement been? Some think that changing his mind and saying something nice about the EU might be the pinnacle – and he might be wishing he had stuck with Brexit now.
George Eustice – a Brexiteer who might just get a promotion?
In a world where Andrea Leadsom was, for a while, the second most likely person to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom then there is no logic for who gets their fingernails on power in Britain. In a post-truth Britain, where we don’t need experts, we may be amazed by the ignorance and prejudice which jostle for supremacy in the head of the next SoS for Defra. A return of OPatz anyone?
Remember, the new Defra supremo ought to be designing options for a post-CAP England and a post-CFP marine environment.
Maybe the new SoS for Defra will have the job of winding everything up since its budget and importance will be , presumable, greatly reduced post-Brexit – at least in the eyes of most politicians. So that means a move from unimportant to very unimportant.
There is so much to look forward to…Not!