This is the British Conservative tradition: make a lot of noise during an election campaign about how you’ll change politics for good. I call this the ‘Bonfire of the Quangos’ stage. It’s all bluster, of course. Then meekly back down afterwards, and leave everything fairly similar to before. And that’s pretty much it.
The foreign aid department will escape the axe as Boris Johnson scales back his proposed Whitehall shake-up, the Mail can reveal.
Plans for a radical overhaul that would have seen a raft of departments created, merged or scrapped have been curtailed.
Instead the Prime Minister will largely concentrate on improving performance in the existing ministries.
The Department for International Development is expected to be given a reprieve and will not now be merged with the Foreign Office. The suggested creation of a borders and immigration ministry separate from the Home Office is also unlikely to happen.
It’s like having a lover who always tells you on the way home from the pub that they’re going to give you the shag of your life, who then falls asleep on the couch within seconds of getting through the door.
The right is so desperate for heroes that it latches onto anyone who says anything that could be construed as conservative. Even Ricky Gervais, for instance, who has become the right’s new hero, despite being a Corbyn-voting leftist who thinks Apple’s factories are sweatshops.
Update: Don’t get me wrong on Ricky Gervais, he did great at the Golden Globes and deserves all the back-slapping he can get. But let’s not put a halo on him.
Update 2: Sam White isn’t very keen on Gervais getting that much credit: