Wednesday 18 October 2017

Fratboy cabinet proves you need XY factor to win

UK Home Secretary Theresa May and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson meet a neighbourhood policing team during a visit to Clapham, south west London, yesterday
UK Home Secretary Theresa May and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson meet a neighbourhood policing team during a visit to Clapham, south west London, yesterday

As the Cameron coalition held its first cabinet meeting yesterday, the background hubbub had the baritone buzz of a rugby club changing room. The atmosphere, William Hague reported, was "extremely friendly and extremely positive". And, he might have added, extremely male.

This was, supposedly, the 'Mumsnet' election, in which each 'Sure Start' mum and middle-class 'Bodenista' was assured that policy was being formulated to her agenda. But the "new politics" born of this campaign was christened by a cabinet including just four women.

Reports of the "surprise" appointment of Theresa May to the Home Office paid much reference to her trademark leopardskin kitten heels. While her illustrious predecessor Sir Robert Peel escaped accusations of flighty footwear, he would have found the complexion of government otherwise not much changed in two centuries.

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