Boris Johnson has appointed an extreme, hard-right Cabinet that’s shaping up to be the worst since Thatcher, with ministers who have supported the death penalty, said feminists were “obnoxious bigots”, opposed equal marriage and supported ripping up the devolution settlement – overruling the Scottish Parliament and the will of the Scottish electorate in devolved areas.
Dominic Cummings’ appointment as Johnson’s senior adviser is a clear sign that Vote Leave have taken control of 10 Downing Street. They are allowing the extreme right of the Tory party into all the main offices of state – four senior Vote Leave figures are in five of the UK’s most powerful jobs.
Here’s a brief look at some of the ministers in Boris Johnson’s “Cabinet from hell”.
Sajid Javid – Chancellor of the Exchequer
Javid is a former investment banker who consistently called for more tax cuts for big corporations, while being a staunch supporter of Tory austerity that lead to a rise in child poverty and food banks. He will likely be tasked with implementing Boris Johnson’s planned tax cut for the rich in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, subsidised by Scottish taxpayers.
As Home Secretary, he adopted a cruel stance towards migrants and refugees, vowing to “do everything we can to make sure that they are often not successful” – indeed, Amnesty International called out his position as a violation of international law, and his hardline anti-migrant attitude is highly damaging to Scotland’s interests.
His contempt for Scotland is well-documented: during his Tory leadership bid, he pledged to “never allow” another Scottish independence referendum.
Memo to Tory leadership candidates: A majority of Scots – independence supporters and opponents alike – will not accept being told by a Tory PM that we are not ‘allowed’ to choose our own future (& PS, you have a lot to learn about good public service delivery from @theSNP gov) https://t.co/khEIWdmvap
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 29, 2019
Dominic Raab – Foreign Secretary
The extreme Brexiteer, tax-slashing right-winger is the UK’s new top diplomat.
His recent comments on feminists, food banks and the minimum wage, however, have been far from diplomatic.
Raab has recently defended his claim that feminists are some of the “most obnoxious bigots”, and he sparked fury in 2017 when he said that most food bank users are “not languishing in poverty” and branded calls for more cash for the NHS as a “childish wish list” .
This is a Foreign Secretary who didn’t understand the importance of Dover and Calais for trade, didn’t understand the Good Friday Agreement, and is prepared to throw Scotland’s interests under a bus for his ideological obsession with the hardest possible Brexit.
Dominic Raab was the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator. https://t.co/0sOk07CA2x
— Ross Colquhoun (@rosscolquhoun) June 10, 2019
Priti Patel – Home Secretary
The new Home Secretary belongs to the extreme-right end of the Tory Party, and is on record as supporting the death penalty.
Priti Patel was sacked in disgrace in 2017, after breaching the ministerial code by holding unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians, business people and senior lobbyists.
She was a key backer of the “hostile environment” which lead to the Windrush scandal and made EU citizens feel unwelcome, and has a consistent record of voting against basic human rights protections – all of which suggests her appointment might lead to an even more toxic treatment of migrants by Westminster.
Priti Patel is appointed Home Secretary. Before entering politics, Patel worked as a lobbyist for British American Tobacco (BAT), aiming to improve their negative image. She has publicly argued in favour of the death penalty and against prisoners voting rights. pic.twitter.com/u76kPRIKHA
— RightsInfo (@rights_info) July 24, 2019
Gavin Williamson – Education Secretary
Merely 84 days after he was sacked for a major breach of national security with the Huawei leak, Williamson was inexplicably returned to the Cabinet by Boris Johnson.
His voting record reveals his true colours as an extremist, out-of-touch Tory: he voted to raise tuition fees in England and scrap the Educational Maintenance Allowance, in favour of repealing the Human Rights Act, and against same-sex marriage on numerous occasions.
If Civil Servants had done anything close to what Gavin Williamson and Priti Patel got sacked for they would never work for the government again. A prime example of one rule for them and another for the rest. Stinks to high heaven.
— Stewart McDonald MP (@StewartMcDonald) July 24, 2019
Liz Truss – International Trade Secretary
Her staunch ideological support for cutting taxes for the very richest, as well as her obsession with cutting regulations and workers’ rights, put the UK under threat of post-Brexit bargain-basement trade deals which would see Trump, Truss and Johnson carving up our NHS.
— Mirror Politics (@MirrorPolitics) July 11, 2019
Jacob Rees-Mogg – Leader of the House of Commons
The new Leader of the House of Commons is someone who is prepared to shut Parliament to push through a damaging no-deal Brexit by October 31 – a move that would be nothing short of an attack on democracy.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Trump-admiring, climate change denying, multi-millionaire cheerleader of austerity, has recently said he holds Nigel Farage “in the highest regard” – a clear proof of the Tories now being in hock to the Brexit Party.
May should close parliament if necessary to stop bill blocking no deal Brexit, says Rees-Mogg – Politics live https://t.co/LWEcEsgSUQ
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 23, 2019
Alister Jack – Secretary of State for Scotland
The new Secretary of State for Scotland has only been an MP since June 2017. He supports a no-deal Brexit. A Scottish Tory frontbencher told the Times, “the reason he is so popular with the UK party is because he invites ministers to his country estate”.
From a favourable 2007 piece in the Scotsman on his business career, our new Secretary of State for Scotland?
"[Alister] Jack retains political ambitions, but is dismissive of both the theory and practice of the Scottish Parliament". https://t.co/n1vVuXffkm
— Tom Arthur (@ThomasCArthur) July 24, 2019