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Tories reshuffle moves deckchairs on the Titanic

Issue No. 2412

These striking teachers have got their wish

These striking teachers have got their wish (Pic: Isobel Robinson)


David Cameron has culled top ministers William Hague, Owen Paterson, Dominic Grieve and David Willetts.

The hated Michael Gove was sacked as education secretary. He becomes chief whip.

The Tory reshuffle was billed as a clearout of the “male, pale and stale” in a desperate bid to present a fresh face for the 2015 general election.

Cameron also hopes to appease the right on Europe and immigration, and shore up support for a government facing a fresh child abuse scandal.

Gove embarrassed Cameron with clashes with home secretary Theresa May.

Just last Sunday he said there would be no public inquiry into child abuse. May announced a “wide ranging” public inquiry less than 24 hours later.

Gove’s replacement is Nicky Morgan. She received a donation from the Christian Conservative Fellowship which led the charge against equal marriage.

Socialist Worker looks forward to the investigation into homophobia and extremism at the Department for Education.  

Meanwhile former Shell energy boss Liz Truss took the top job in the environment department.

The reshuffle was continuing as Socialist Worker went to press. 

Cameron hoped to bring Liam Fox, who resigned after a lobbying scandal, back to frontline politics. 

But shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic won’t stop the Tories’ crisis—or their attacks.


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What We Think
Tue 15 Jul 2014, 17:15 BST
Issue No. 2412
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