Theresa May’s ‘hokey cokey’ reshuffle descends into chaos [VIDEO]

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Kerry-anne Mendoza

Theresa May has launched her first major cabinet reshuffle today. She will be promoting favourites, and demoting others. But on reshuffle day, Conservatives are scrambling to retract an announcement, with one minister in, then out, of the new line-up. This hokey cokey reshuffle hints at chaos behind the scenes.

To be, or not to be?

Chris Grayling has served in successive Conservative governments, from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to the Ministry of Justice. But when Theresa May became leader of the party, she moved him from justice to transport.

On the morning of Monday 8 January, the Conservative Party’s official Twitter account ‘congratulated’ Grayling on his new post of Conservative Party Chairman.

The BBC picked up the story. But suddenly, and without explanation, the announcement disappeared.

The Guardian‘s Political Editor expressed her own confusion on social media.

Shortly afterwards, the BBC reported that Brandon Lewis would take the post. But Number 10 even failed to make that announcement without issue, misspelling ‘portfolio’.

From the Westminster press pack to regular voters, the unmistakable whiff of calamity.

Meanwhile, Conservative insiders began to leak that Grayling had indeed been intended for the post, but got bumped last minute due to internal strife.

From omnishambles to catastrof*ck

Like May’s catastrof*ck conference speech in 2017, her reshuffle has unravelled calamitously. Former Labour minister Lord Andrew Adonis – who resigned as infrastructure adviser to the government last week over the May government’s handling of Brexit – gave a candid view of the reshuffle.

There comes a time when a government runs out of ideas and energy, where even the simple things go wrong. And Theresa May’s government has reached this point. These days, the Prime Minister cannot get through a speech or a reshuffle without reaffirming this reality. At some point, and better sooner than later, the Conservatives will have to take action to end the calamity; or face the wilderness years that came when the Major government fell in 1997.

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