So it’s mid-day on Friday June 9th. The results are in and, they may not be quite give Theresa May the landslide she had hoped for, but she is back in Downing Street, and sitting down to form her new Cabinet.
Reshuffling a top team after barely eleven months poses several dilemmas. If you make too many changes, it indicates that you made some pretty dodgy decisions in the first place. If you make too few, you fail to take advantage of the fact that you’re never more powerful than when you have won an election.
But – but – is this the situation that the Prime Minister will find herself in? Let’s hope so, but there remains a nagging doubt that this clusterfuck of a campaign will ruin it all. Having said that, lest we forget, most people thought the Conservative campaign only two year ago was boring, unimaginative and uninspiring. They also thought that a clear win was impossible, and that a hung parliament was the best that could be hoped for. Instead, the party won a majority for the first time since 1992.
For our purposes here, let us agree that Theresa May won’t carry out a night of the long knives. After all, she did that back in July.
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