Liz Truss’s new cabinet – “For the first time there is no white man in any of the top posts.”

Our thanks to Ron for this. The start of the piece:

Liz Truss took brutal revenge on Team Rishi tonight by axing a trio of his biggest supporters in the opening moves of her first Cabinet reshuffle. Dominic Raab tweeted to reveal he had been evicted from his roles as justice secretary and Deputy PM – with Therese Coffey confirmed as taking the latter title along with the health brief.

As Ms Truss shapes her team, Kwasi Kwarteng has been announced as Chancellor and James Cleverly is Foreign Secretary. Suella Braverman takes the other Great Office of State as Home Secretary – meaning for the first time there is no white man in any of the top posts. 

Wendy Morton has also been installed as the Tories’ first female chief whip, in charge of parliamentary party discipline. 

Let’s not forget that until today, as well as being the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss was the Minister for Women and Equalities. Her cabinet appointments make it clear that identity politics – which should be anathema to any Tory party leader, and was for Mrs Thatcher – will play a large part in how she runs the government. A disappointing but predictable start.

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