My quick evaluation of David Cameron’s great reshuffle in the run-up to the general election next may:
This is a rather smart reshuffle by the PM, really:
William Hague in the Commons is like fish in water (though he did a tremendous job as Foreign Secretary, he definitely excels in Westminster), and moving the trenchant, combative Michael Gove away from his highly controversial post as Education Secretary on to the post of terrier of William Hague is nothing short of genial, from a purely political point of view.
By sending the openly eurosceptic Phil Hammond from Horse Guards Ave to Parliament St, the PM augments his reformist stance towards the EU, continuing to dig off at UKIP’s base, though certainly not to the liking of continental European partners.
And finally, by the appointment of Nicky Morgan, Liz Truss & Co. to the cabinet table, DC engineered a remarkably more balanced appearance of HM gov’t, just as intended.
• Michael Gove leaves education to become chief whip - follow live updates
• Nicky Morgan becomes new education secretary (and is also minister for women and equalities - but voted against the legalisation of gay marriage).
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