And so we say farewell to David Davis, the Brexit Bulldog. I have quite a lot of time for Mr Davis even though I agree with him about very little. You may have noticed that I did not list him in the three Cabinet minisiters who lack moral compass. I think Davis has a moral compass, as, perhaps, exemplified by his resignation, even if his political compass points in a very different direction from my own.
I was thinking this morning, while listening to Davis on the Today programme and afterwards (see here at about 08:10 – he was very good whereas John Humphreys wasn’t) as I drove through his constituency, what TM the PM should do. Well, having got home I find she has appointed Dominic Raab – which isn’t what she should have done.
What she should have done is merged the International Trade Department and the Brexit Department and left the execrable Liam Fox to pretend to run them. There isn’t anything for him to do on trade because we don’t know what rules will be, and there wouldn’t be anything for him to do on Brexit because the PM will do it all. Thus we save one Cabinet salary, reduce the number of Brexiteers in the Cabinet by one (a self-inflicted though honourable wound), and leave Liam Fox floundering but harmless.
But here’s another piece of advice for TM the PM: wait until the end of the day to see whether Boris resigns – he won’t! Boris does not have the courage or the moral compass to resign – I might be wrong but we’ll see. And then sack him tonight!
Boris has not been an adequate let alone impressive Foreign Secretary, he has not behaved like a grown-up , he has broken ranks with the PM several times and nobody, least of all TM the PM needs his cheery little face around the place any more. He’s had his chance to step up and completely blown it.
Sidelining Fox and sacking Boris would put May back in charge of her gang and that’s what she should have done – she should still do the second bit of it! Whether May being in charge will get us anywhere that any of us want to go is a moot point, but not having the PM in charge clearly is an even worse alternative.