Is anyone really pretending for an instant that Theresa May’s reshuffle today was anything other than a shallow move to keep her most likely opponents as close at hand as possible so as to make it more politically difficult for any of them to launch a leadership challenge at the easiest moment otherwise?
I mean her cabinet already had Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd, David Davis, Andrea Leadsom, Jeremy Hunt, Justine Greening…
and now she’s re-promoted Michael bloody Gove to a cabinet position and god knows it wasn’t based on his competence or knowledge of the brief.
She’s trying to move pieces around to keep herself and her position as secure as she can possibly make it, and keeping any remotely prominent potential challenger who might be able to swing the support to topple her throne right next to her in regular cabinet briefings and bogged down with the work of ministerial governance is the best way to do that.
Not like any back-bench Tory MPs have much of the name recognition or political capital to take her out. The only other Tory MPs outside the cabinet whose names I really even know are Jacob Rees-Mogg and Ken Clarke.