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Urmstongran Thu 13-Feb-20 11:57:52

Sajid Javid has just resigned as Chancellor!

Teetime Thu 13-Feb-20 11:59:49

I'm still waiting for the call I offered to do Health.

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 11:59:51

I’d put money on the Chief Secretary to the Treasury getting the job - hes never off tge airwaves

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 12:00:32

DH has just told me that is indeed the case.

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 12:02:17

So BJ made SJ an offer he found easy to refuse. Some interesting people going the back benches then?

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 12:02:56

Sorry that NI Secretary has gone - he got power sharing back

Nandalot Thu 13-Feb-20 12:03:11

Apparently he was told to sack his advisers which he wouldn’t do so resigned. Shades of Dominic Cummings?
Shame about Julian Smith. He seems to have been quite effective and well liked.

Nandalot Thu 13-Feb-20 12:03:42

Obviously first part of post referred to Chancellor. Slow typing!

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 12:05:09

I’d heard that DC had ‘put his tanks on SJ lawn’. Apparently JS had criticised BJ over Brexit in Cabinet so was always for the chop.

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 12:05:37

I expect PP is safe

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 12:08:02

My guess is that DC wanted rid of SJ so the sack your advisers thing was to force his hand - nothing actually to do with the advisers at all.

JenniferEccles Thu 13-Feb-20 12:11:08

The budget is only a few weeks away!

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 12:11:59

That’s OK JE because DC has already written it ?

MerylStreep Thu 13-Feb-20 12:24:11

I'm very pleased that Rishi Sunak is the next chancellor.

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 12:27:28

Why is that Meryl ?

Riverwalk Thu 13-Feb-20 12:40:29

I’m surprised at the SJ resignation - all the recent commentators were wrong then!

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 12:43:16

Well not all - I’d read about the tanks on the lawn story a while ago.

ananimous Thu 13-Feb-20 12:45:49

But, but, what will we do without his Brexit survey? grin

growstuff Thu 13-Feb-20 12:48:59

There were plenty of signs though. For example, Javid wanted very tight fiscal rules, which would have meant raising taxes in some way, if Johnson gets his way on spending plans. Cummings and Javid have disagreed in public and Cummings was making threatening noises about advisers just a few days ago. Apparently, the PM's team will take over the Treasury advisory role. All departments have been told to find 5% savings to fund Johnson's spending plans. The budget will be interesting - especially reading between the lines about what it will actually mean behind the spin. It's a move towards centralisation of power.

Riverwalk Thu 13-Feb-20 12:50:43

Some time back there were mumblings that he’d be for the chop, but recently he was looking safe - interesting times!

The downside to having a large majority is the many discontent backbenchers ?

growstuff Thu 13-Feb-20 12:56:32

Maybe, but there are enough newbie stooges for a bit of discontent not to matter that much.

They just have to sit and wait. Whatever happens now, Johnson will be responsible for it. He can't make any excuses.

PS. I'm keeping an eye on what happens in Ireland.

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 13:02:34

growstuff BJ gives a whole new meaning to the phrase Teflon Man. He won’t take responsibility, he will lie, blame others, he won’t even bother to make excuses - lies are so much more effective.
Apparently now there is to be an adviser unit across Nos 10 and 11 answerable to No 10 aka DC. So the new Chancellor is a media friendly puppet

annep1 Thu 13-Feb-20 13:17:57

So sorry to see Julian Smith go. Everyone I know thought he was the best SoS we've had for a while. Hard to understand.

Urmstongran Thu 13-Feb-20 13:32:12

Surely SPADS should be singing for the same hymn sheet in No’s. 10 & 11 anyway? Makes sense.

suziewoozie Thu 13-Feb-20 13:33:31

annepl it’s said that he disagreed with BJ over some Brexit related issues - nothing at all to do with his competence in the role sadly. I see LV paid him a very positive tribute