Etonian buffoon Boris Johnson’s first cabinet is packed with ignorant, sociopathic, untrustworthy servants of disaster capitalism.
Sajid Javid: CHANCELLOR
Previous government post: Home Secretary; Business Secretary
When Javid was vice-president of Chase Bank a memo was sent on the bank’s behalf to the President of Mexico asking for action against indigenous people who supported a change of government that, if successful, would threaten Chase’s capacity for profit: “[The government] will need to consider carefully whether or not to allow opposition victories if fairly won at the ballot box.” A few weeks later the Mexican government sent the army into Chiapas prompting thousands of indigenous people to flee into the Lacandon rain forest.
Priti Patel: HOME SECRETARY
Previous government post: International Development Secretary
Patel’s trip to Israel and Syria in 2017 for secret unminuted meetings with senior members of the Israeli government to broker arms deals and oil deals including oil deals for oil stolen from Syrian territory should have led to a criminal prosecution. Her only punishment was a forced resignation.
Dominic Raab: FOREIGN SECRETARY
Previous government post: Brexit Secretary
Raab is disaster capitalists’ favourite. He wrote a paper for right-wing think-tank Centre for Policy Studies called Escaping the Straightjacket that proposed annihilation of all workers’ rights. He declared that “the typical user of a foodbank is not someone that’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cash flow problem episodically” and he admitted that “I hadn’t quite understood the full extent of this, but if you look at the UK and look at how we trade in goods, we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing.”
Esther McVey: MINISTER FOR HOUSING, COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Previous government post: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Having previously worked with Iain Duncan-Smith at DWP before losing her parliamentary seat, her return to that department was a sentence of execution for thousands of people particularly for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. She ignored and lied about evidence that Universal Credit would be disastrous. The intent of Universal Credit was to cause destitution, debt, homelessness and death and McVey revelled in that.
Liz Truss: PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE
Previous government post: Lord Chancellor; Environment Secretary
Truss helped to create right-wing think-tank FREER, a subsidiary of Institute of Economic Affairs, that echoes Tea Party rhetoric of destruction of public services and tax reductions for wealthiest. When Environment Secretary she cut fiscal assistance for solar farms and said they are “a blight on the landscape.” She co-authored ‘Britain Unchained’ that declared “the British are among the worst idlers in the world.”
Gavin Williamson: EDUCATION SECRETARY
Previous government post: Defence Secretary
Williamson lost his job as Defence Secretary after details of a cabinet meeting were leaked to the media. He behaved in that role as if he were playing a game of Risk. Chancellor Philip Hammond had to cancel a visit to China because Williamson said Britain’s largest aircraft carrier was being sent to patrol close to China. His other military proposals included paintballing Spanish boats near Gibraltar and putting guns on tractors.
Julian Smith: NORTHERN IRELAND SECRETARY
Previous government posts: Chief whip
Smith instructed five Tory MPs to break pairing arrangements, without informing the paired MPs in opposition parties, during a parliamentary vote related to Brexit including a pairing with an opposition MP on maternity leave; only one of the five MPs, then chair of the party Brandon Lewis, agreed to break the arrangement. Smith lied by saying that the instructions had not been given and claimed Lewis’ vote was made in error. He said The Guardian should be face criminal prosecution for journalism related to its reports on Edward Snowden.
Grant Shapps: TRANSPORT SECRETARY
Previous government post: Co-chair of party
When an MP Shapps used pseudonyms, Sebastian Fox and Michael Green, for various businesses. He initially denied doing so and denied having any outside business interests, and took legal action against a constituent who had exposed his actions.
Matt Hancock: HEALTH SECRETARY
Matt Hancock is an employee of right-wing think-tank Institute of Economic Affairs that is funded by privateers who want to steal the NHS from the British people. He has facilitated the privatisation and theft of the NHS via a variety of scams while distracting observers with a series of stupid stunts.
Jo Johnson: MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES AND SCIENCE
Previous government post: Higher Education Minister
Johnson created Office For Students (OfS), a falsely-named quango designed to quash universities’ independence under the guise of representing students. He appointed, and quickly sacked, notorious troll and charlatan Toby Young to a senior administrative position at OfS. Johnson simultaneously displayed hypocrisy and authoritarianism toward universities by criticising the NUS for its criticism of the repressive Prevent programme while also threatening to fine universities that made their own decisions about which (far-right bigoted) speakers could or could not have a platform.
Johnny Mercer: VETERANS MINISTER
Mercer is paid £85k p.a. by a cyber security firm for four hours work per week to “train” ex-service personnel at high costs to the trainees. He said “I do genuinely have a problem with a massive welfare state that saps the ambition and drive of a younger generation” and he has voted consistently in favour of vicious cuts to welfare that targetted people with disabilities including thousands of military veterans.
James Cleverly: CHAIR OF PARTY
Previous government post: Deputy Chair of Conservative Party
Nominative indeterministic Cleverly is known primarily as a persistent and relentless liar on social media, in interviews and in the House of Commons. The de facto leader of the Tory Bratboys, no stunt or behaviour is too childish for him. He was the lead in the Tories’ concocted pantomime when they accused Jeremy Corbyn of calling Theresa May a “stupid woman.”
Ben Wallace: DEFENCE SECRETARY
Previous government post: Security Minister
Wallace compared Jeremy Corbyn to USSR spy Kim Philby.
Dominic Cummings: SPECIAL ADVISER
Previous government post: Special adviser to Michael Gove
Cummings was campaign director of Vote Leave and invented most of its dishonest claims used during the EU referendum campaign. He was found in contempt of parliament for failing to attend a Privileges Select Committee hearing.
Matthew Elliott: ADVISER TO CHANCELLOR
Elliott founded Tax-Payers’ Alliance, a right-wing think-tank that advocates destruction of public services and lower taxes for the wealthiest. It is a keen supporter of tax havens. He also founded Vote Leave.
Chloe Westley: DIGITAL ADVISER
Social media troll Westley is Campaign Manager at Tax-Payers’ Alliance. She called extreme-right racist activist Anne-Marie Walters a hero.
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Raab & Hancock
James Cleverly and Brandon Lewis
Institute of Economic Affairs
Centre for Policy Studies