Boris seems to have been very quick off the mark to put his government together. Within hours he’d cleared out most of the Remainers, and replaced them with Leavers. And delivered an upbeat speech outside the door of Number 10. And his new Leader of the House of Commons seems to see no problem with leaving the EU:
JACOB REES-MOGG, fresh from being chosen as Leader of the House of Commons, spoke to ITV’s Robert Peston on developments at Downing Street…
The North East Somerset MP … insisted that Parliament had already legislated for Brexit to happen on October 31 with or without a deal.
Mr Rees-Mogg added: “So, just for the status quo to be maintained means we leave without a deal unless a deal is passed.
“So when people say the House of Commons is going to stop it, they are forgetting the House of Commons has already agreed to it.”
And Nigel Farage has offered Boris an electoral pact:
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said he is open to an electoral pact with the Conservative Party – if Boris Johnson is genuine about taking the UK out of the EU on 31 October.
Mr Farage said Mr Johnson would need to call an election if he wanted a no-deal Brexit, in order to “change the arithmetic” in the Commons.
He said there was then a “possibility” of a pact between the parties.
But he added: “I don’t believe a single word the Conservative Party tell us.”
An electoral pact usually involves not fielding candidates in specific areas, in order to allow another party a better chance of winning.
Boris’ greatest weakness may well be that he only has a two-seat majority. This new Conservative government might very easily lose a vote of confidence at nearly any time.
Today’s announcement is not about stopping children smoking. It is about stopping everybody smoking. You could be smoking a fag in the middle of a field on your own during a gale and it would still be intolerable to the Department of Health. Under the Conservatives, there will be no more smoking.
Simon Clark also wrote:
The publication of the Government’s Green Paper on harm prevention had been expected for some time – details were leaked a couple of weeks ago – but the way it was slipped out last night took everyone by surprise.
The FT got the inside story and it appears that health secretary Matt Hancock was involved in a fierce row with the outgoing PM.
According to the FT, May wanted the proposals published as part of her ‘legacy’ (which is looking increasingly tragic).
Hancock, on the other hand, wanted to hold fire until the new PM – presumably Boris – is in office…
According to the BBC News report published overnight:
The government is pledging to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.
Unfortunately Matt Hancock is one of the ministers that Boris has retained from Theresa May’s administration.
Does Boris want to completely stamp out smoking in Britain in 10 years time?
Perhaps he does. Perhaps he’s recently drunk the antismoking kool-aid. If so he can no longer be the same MP who sent me a large cigar not 10 years ago. And if so that will also be the end of my brief career as a Conservative voter.