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Theresa May’s new Tory cabinet is made of bankers, bullies and crooks

Socialist Worker’s guide to the new set of right wing ministers who replaced the old ones last week

Issue No. 2513

Chancellor Philip Hammond and home secretary Amber Rudd

Chancellor Philip Hammond and home secretary Amber Rudd (Pic: PA)


Philip Hammond

Chancellor

Hammond took up politics after feeling upset at Oxford University about strikes against the Heath Tory government that were “ruining the country”.

He’s good with money in the sense that he has lots of it—over £8.2 million. He achieved his worth from stakes in a health care and nursing home developer and “consultancy work”.

He described the legalisation of same sex marriage as “damaging”.


Amber Rudd

Home secretary

Rudd attended Cheltenham Ladies’ College. She was an investment banker at JP Morgan then moved into venture capital.

She was the “aristocracy co-ordinator” for the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

She pushed fracking legislation through and reneged on pledges not to let the gas extraction process occur in national parks.

Rudd once claimed 27p for a 0.6 mile car journey.


Foreign secretary Boris Johnson and work and pensions secretary Damian Green

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson and work and pensions secretary Damian Green (Pic: PA)


Boris Johnson

Foreign secretary

European Union ministers and diplomats branded the

Eton-educated Johnson a liar and a “borderline racist”. Which is unfair—he is a racist to his marrow. Johnson wrote, “It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.”

He published an article that said, “Orientals have larger brains and higher IQ scores. Blacks are at the other pole.”


Damian Green

Work and pensions

Damian Green became the third work and pensions secretary of the year—so far. He took over from Stephen Crabb, who held the job for just 177 days. Crabb is embroiled in a sexting scandal and has strong religious beliefs. Green should fit in as a registered member of the affair-facilitating website Ashley Madison.

And the man in charge of “improving the life chances of the low paid” argued that the minimum wage was “immoral”.


Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom and health secretary Jeremy Hunt

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom and health secretary Jeremy Hunt (Pic: PA)


Andrea Leadsom

Environment

This former city slicker has relatives who are fond of avoiding tax.

Flavour of a day last week, Leadsom is now in charge of the fox hunting ban and wildlife.

During her brief campaign for the Tory leadership Leadsom backed scrapping the ban on hunting with dogs.

She claimed, “It has not proven to be in the interests of animal welfare whatsoever”.


Jeremy Hunt

Health

“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” health secretary Jeremy Hunt pronounced as he was kept on as health secretary.

Shame, said thousands of health workers.

The friend of Rupert Murdoch has shown determination to push through attacks on doctors that will hit patient safety and pave the way for privatisation.


Education secretary Justine Greening and international trade secretary Liam Fox

Education secretary Justine Greening and international trade secretary Liam Fox (Pic: PA)


Justine Greening

Education

Greening worked as an accountant and finance manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Last month she announced she was in a “happy same-sex relationship”. Previously she hung around the right wing eccentrics of the Young Britons foundation.

Once claimed, “I didn’t come into politics to give money to poor people”. Also claimed 10p expenses for bus fares.


Liam Fox

International trade

Forced to resign as defence secretary in 2011 after allowing his friend Adam Werritty to take on an unofficial and undeclared role as his adviser.

Werritty travelled the world bankrolled by a £147,000 slush fund called Pargav.

In 2012 Fox was ordered to repay £3,000 of expenses after allowing Werritty to live rent-free on his expenses.


Defence secretary Michael Fallon and justice secretary Liz Truss

Defence secretary Michael Fallon and justice secretary Liz Truss


Michael Fallon

Defence

When not bombing other countries, Fallon is being a racist.

He has complained Britain is being “swamped by immigrants”.

Fallon boasted in a leaflet during the last election that he has “taken a close interest in family issues”.

This involved “voting against gay marriage and supporting parental responsibility”.


Liz Truss

Justice

Before becoming Justice minister Truss argued in parliament, “This government inherited the most expensive criminal justice system per capita in the world.”

She complained of the “£100 million being spent on administering legal aid” and the “extremely high cost per prison place”.

Truss threatened, “There are many areas of savings”.


Culture secretary Karen Bradley and minister for Brexit David Davis

Culture secretary Karen Bradley and minister for Brexit David Davis (Pic: PA)


Karen Bradley

Culture

Bradley worked as a tax manager.

This will put her in good stead for advising celebrities on how to avoid tax.


David Davis

Brexit

Davis voted against the repeal of Section 28, a law banning the “promotion of homosexual relationships” equalising the age of consent for gay men.


Transport secretary Chris Grayling and international development secretary Priti Patel

Transport secretary Chris Grayling and international development secretary Priti Patel (Pic: PA)


Chris Grayling

Transport

Once accused Socialist Worker of hacking his emails to stop the Tories’ workfare plans.

He tried to abolish legal aid and ban prisoners from having books.


Priti Patel

International development

Her working life began in Conservative Central Office in 1997.

Patel once called for the department to be scrapped. Fan of the death penalty.


What happened to climate change?

The Department of Energy and Climate Change no longer exists.

It merges with Business, Innovation and Skills to create an entirely new body—but the climate change element has been scrapped from the name.

It was scrapped from any interest from the government long ago.


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