No 10 says Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments on Saudi Arabia were "not the government's view". https://t.co/ViVVxk4vvu
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 8, 2016
It might save time if No 10 simply told us when Boris IS speaking for the government https://t.co/XWN6JALUlp
— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) December 8, 2016
If it wasn’t for Labour TMay’s government would look shambolic
Ex BBC Political Editor, Nick Robinson, hits the nail on the head with his Tweet this afternoon after another instance of the Foreign Secretary making a statement only for it to be countermanded by Number 10 shortly afterwards.
This latest one was about Saudi Arabia creating an ambivalent view which cannot, surely, be helping relations with the country.
Over a period when members of a government don’t speak as one an impression of incompetence starts to develop which is not good for any party reliant on people’s votes.
I’ve no idea who is at fault here – Mr. Johnson or his boss, Mrs. May. The former has a reputation for making striking statements while the latter is known, fairly or unfairly for her control-freakery. The impression from these ongoing incidents is that the semior members of the government don’t converse as much as you would expect them to.
At some stage Boris has got to find a way of working with the PM or he’ll have to go. Maybe the 6/1 that Ladbrokes is offering as him being the net cabinet exit is a good bet.
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