Aditya Chakrabortty: ‘It’s Thatcherism with knuckle-dusters: slash taxes, burn red tape, strip workers of their rights’ Is he serious? You could almost hear the country asking the question as Boris Johnson doled out his big cabinet jobs. As home secretary, we now have Priti Patel, who broadcast her logic-free support for the death penalty on primetime TV. Our new foreign secretary is Dominic Raab, the intrepid soul who apparently only recently discovered the existence of Calais. In charge of the Treasury is Sajid Javid, the ex-investment banker who went off on a jolly to Australia while steelworkers at Port Talbot were facing the dole. In this government of none of the talents, these gaffe-prone, substance-free caricatures will have free rein. As trade secretary, Liz Truss will finally be able to introduce import substitution for British cheese. Priti will doubtless cover Dominic’s job in her family holidays. Yet they’re serious, all right. The new guard burn with an ideological purpose that runs way beyond Brexit. Two of the top three jobs in government are now held by authors of Britannia Unchained, the collection of radical-right essays published in 2012 that decried Britons as “among the worst idlers in the world”. Their… Read full this story
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