Missy: (Was) Rather quiet today

Missy’s UK update (it says something about that has happening in the UK lately when the day a new Prime Minister is sworn in is a rather quiet day!


Rather quiet today.

David Cameron had his last PMQs, I didn’t watch, but from reports he managed to get in a few digs about Corbyn, he paid tribute to his CP colleagues, and professed his love for Larry. Don’t get too excited, Larry is the No. 10 cat. :)

Guardian: Cameron delivers parting shots at Jeremy Corbyn in final PMQs

Theresa May has been formally sworn in as PM, and has given her first speech as PM, issuing a statement of intent for her tenure. I haven’t had a chance to read it as I have just got home, but will have a look and see if there is anything unexpected.

Guardian: May’s speech in full on becoming PM

Angela Eagle has yet again timed a speech badly, on Monday it clashed with Leadsom withdrawing from the CP race, today apparently it clashed with the speech from the PM (this is from a tweet by a journalist, so no confirmation as yet).

Just a few notes, TM will move into the flat above No. 11 where DC and family have been living – I suspect it may be because it has a better kitchen after the Cameron’s did it up, and TM is reportedly a keen cook. Larry will remain at No. 10, and for a few minutes this afternoon was essentially the only inhabitant, and therefore running the country as one PM resigned, and the other had yet to be appointed, they were good times!

Only really gossip now, not really any developments as things in CP start to settle and stabilise. It was reported that TM wanted to be the first female PM, and announced this intention as a teenager, needless to say that reportedly she was irritated when Maggie won her election and became PM. I think that is quite funny.

We are expecting the new cabinet to be named either tonight or tomorrow morning.


Guardian headlines:

GuardianHeadlines

And Opinion (Polly Toynbee):

Cameron has washed his hands of No 10. But he’s left an almighty mess

What is to become of us?

Cameron has led us into a state of paralysing uncertainty, at the mercy of erratic negotiations with 27 countries over which we have no say. Take back control? Everything feels out of control.

Ken Clarke paid Cameron a barbed compliment by asking him to remain as an active MP in the Commons: “As no two people know what Brexit means, we need his advice.” Of course he knows Cameron has no more clue than anyone else how put back together what his recklessness has broken apart. But the man had no referendum regrets: like Blair over Iraq, how could he admit that now?

As Cameron goes, Ipsos Mori finds his approval rating particularly low, with only 28% satisfied with him, while Theresa May soars in, with 55% saying she “has what it takes”. People can invest all their disparate hopes in a new leader starting out. But many will be disappointed.

Cameron leaves her an NHS in need of urgent treatment. Social care is keeling over, schools are short of teachers, councils are stricken by cuts, Sure Starts and local museums are closing: a long list of services are far worse off, with less money if Treasury receipts fall over the next years.

Behind May on the backbenches, Cameron leaves that malevolent phalanx of Brexiteers, the 84 so EU-phobic they preferred Andrea Leadsom to her – and they will seek to wreck her Brussels negotiations.

While May seems to have taken over the Prime Ministerial role relatively effortlessly there are huge challenges for her, the Conservatives and Britain.

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  1. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    News is starting to come out on the cabinet.

    Philip Hammond has been appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer – that was pretty much expected, and no surprise.

    I was just about to type that Boris was seen going into Downing St, however, as I did it has been revealed he is Foreign Secretary.

    Amber Rudd has also been spotted in No. 10.

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  2. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    Just a note on the two appointments known, Osborne won’t be happy, not only has he lost his job and had to resign, the job he was reportedly hoping for has also been lost to him – not to mention losing the chance of being PM. It will be interesting to see if he gets a cabinet post as he was quite an agitator against TM, and tried to undermine her on every occasion he could, as the saying goes, revenge is a dish best served cold.

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  3. Gezza

     /  14th July 2016

    ” … and professed his love for Larry. Don’t get too excited, Larry is the No. 10 cat.”

    … uh oh … o_O

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  4. Gezza

     /  14th July 2016

    Very nice work PG & Missy.

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  5. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    Ha, just had a thought, wouldn’t it be fun to be a fly on the wall in the first meeting between McCully and Johnson? Hehehehe…. can’t imagine McCully will be a fan of Boris.

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    • Gezza

       /  14th July 2016

      Why not? They both seem to manage to always look untidy no matter how well they’re dressed. At least they’d have that in common. :/

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  6. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    Amber Rudd is Home Secretary. I don’t know much about her, but she is a rising star in the Conservative Party, and it is good to see TM promoting women.

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  7. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    Looks like TM is being smart, Boris supporter David Davis was seen going into No. 10 – he is tipped to be the Minister for Brexit.

    Also, Liam Fox was seen going into No. 10.

    It looks like she is promoting those (or at least some of those) that ran against her for the leadership (with Boris, and now Fox), it will be interesting if Gove and Leadsom get a hearing, also Stephen Crabb. Though I think Crabb will be a bit toxic, so may not get a look in, as after he withdrew from the race he was embroiled in a short lived scandal involving sexting a young woman who is not his wife. Lucky for him that broke when so much else was happening, but if he was to be named in the cabinet it may come to the fore again.

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  8. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    Michael Fallon is new Defence Secretary.

    So, cabinet so far:

    Theresa May – Prime minister
    Philip Hammond – Chancellor
    Boris Johnson – Foreign secretary
    Amber Rudd – Home secretary
    Michael Fallon – Defence secretary

    No mention of DPM, but that is usually the Chancellor, (with the exception of when it was Clegg), so I would anticipate it being Philip Hammond, which makes sense as he was one of TM’s closest allies in the Commons.

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  9. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    And a sun reporter has tweeted that Osborne was sacked (not resigned as initially reported), and he has not been offered a new post.

    I wonder if he has somewhere to move to when he leaves Downing St?

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    • Missy

       /  14th July 2016

      Apparently Theresa told him she did not want him in her cabinet. Go Theresa.

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  10. Gezza

     /  14th July 2016

    Post Title: Missy: Rather quiet today
    o_O

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    • Gezza

       /  14th July 2016

      ( 😀 )

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      • Missy

         /  14th July 2016

        Yeah, it is getting a little less quiet now.

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        • Gezza

           /  14th July 2016

          Luvin it here buddy.

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        • pickled possum

           /  14th July 2016

          Yep Missy, If it wasn’t for your daily commentary I would not have as much interest as I do in what happens in the Uk, so thanks awfully much ole girl for your time energy and your passion in politics.
          One of the family who will be travelling to the Uk next year finds your commentary very helpful, in what she will be facing when she arrives.
          FYI … ole is not the same as old. 😉

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          • Missy

             /  14th July 2016

            Glad you are finding it useful PP.

            Glad you clarified on the ole v old. 😉

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  11. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    Liam Fox will head up a new department for International Trade.

    David Davis will be the Minister responsible for Exiting the EU. David Davis was a supporter of Leave, in May saying that remaining will be bad for jobs in Britain. He also wrote an article for a conservative blog on an exit strategy for the UK. I would say he is a good choice to be in charge of this.

    http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2016/07/david-davis-trade-deals-tax-cuts-and-taking-time-before-triggering-article-50-a-brexit-economic-strategy-for-britain.html

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    • Missy

       /  14th July 2016

      oops that should be Secretary of State for exiting the EU, not Minister responsible for – though he is that too.

      Just on those last two appointments, both are new cabinet positions as a result of the Brexit vote, and I think they show a commitment by Theresa May to fulfilling the wishes of the public on this. She is taking it seriously, and obviously has a plan in place – or at least an overall strategy in place – for the brexit.

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      • Gezza

         /  14th July 2016

        Should you maybe change the post title to Missy: UK—Busy today ? 😀

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        • Missy

           /  14th July 2016

          It still wasn’t really busy, only one or two things happened. 😉

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          • Gezza

             /  14th July 2016

            Lookin pretty busy @ this end. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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            • Missy

               /  14th July 2016

              Just a running commentary of the new cabinet. No more tonight, so the rest of the cabinet will be announced tomorrow I think.

              Time to relax with a bit of Paul Henry presented by Mark Sainsbury (better than Breakfast and Jack Tame).

            • I’ve enjoyed Sainsbury, far less irritating than Henry.

            • Gezza

               /  14th July 2016

              Love your new post title. 😀

  12. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    The Guardian are saying that will be the only one’s announced tonight. So that is the top table so to speak with the PM and top 6 cabinet posts. So far a good mix of Brexiters and Remainers, that is what is needed to have neither side feel shafted, or discontent.

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  13. @BBCBreaking
    These are the key appointments by UK PM

    http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-politics-36570120

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  14. Nelly Smickers

     /  14th July 2016

    Boris Johnson in charge of UK Spy Agency *MI6* 😎

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  15. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    Quick cabinet update from this morning,

    Gove has been sacked, as has Nicky Morgan. May is doing a bit of a clear out, Liam Fox is lucky to have kept his portfolio. 🙂

    Liz Truss and Justine Greening have been promoted. Truss is the new Justice Minister (Gove’s old portfolio), and Greening has education.

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  16. Missy

     /  14th July 2016

    On Brexit issues:

    No Brexit budget (Osborne had threatened on, and it was widely reported as a punishment budget for those that voted to Leave).

    Brexit Minister says Article 50 could be triggered by end of the year. They are taking this part slowly, I think they want to get some preliminary talks and agreements before triggering it, but Juncker isn’t so keen on that, however, other EU leaders are softening on it, and some have indicated a willingness to talk to UK prior to the triggering of Article 50. I understand it has been decided it will be the EU Council, not the Commission that will conduct the negotiations, which means it is the EU leaders, not the EU bureaucrats that will do the negotiating – which is probably upsetting the eurocrats.

    Also, on opening this morning the FTSE 100 was at a 11month high, and the pound is continuing to rise.

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    • Gezza

       /  14th July 2016

      Tired? You’re still lookin good here …

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      • Missy

         /  14th July 2016

        Nope, not tired, had a good sleep, and it’s lunchtime here. I am writing this in between working! 😉

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        • Gezza

           /  14th July 2016

          I was only really looking for an excuse to tell you you’re lookin good. You know me by now. So … without me having to go back to check, because I am an economic doofus of the First & Most Excellent Order of Doofuses (Anglicised plural spelling) … the portended economic apocalypse has not eventuated? o_O

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          • Missy

             /  14th July 2016

            you charmer. 🙂

            Nope, no economic apocalypse, and despite all of the doom mongers suggesting no-one would want to trade with the UK, countries are lining up and competing to be the first for a FTA with them. So, the future is looking bumpy, but bright for the UK. 🙂

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            • Gezza

               /  14th July 2016

              As I always rather hoped, and thought. 🙂

          • patupaiarehe

             /  14th July 2016

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