This morning, former Prime Minister Theresa May criticized Boris JohnsonThe decision to appoint UK chief Brexit negotiator David Frost as the brand new national security advisor. Ms. May advised MPs within the House Commons that she had worked with Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill, the current post office owner, for 9 years as Home Secretary and Prime Minister, and that his work was "exceptional". On the other hand, Ms. May claimed that the government had chosen a political officer with "no proven expertise" in Mr. Frost as his new national security advisor.
Sir Mark unveiled his plans over the weekend to step down as a senior British civil servant and nationwide chief of security in September while clash studies were underway with Mr. Johnson's chief adviser Dominic Cummings.
Broadly speaking, the transfer is only seen as the beginning of a major upheaval for which Mr. Cummings has long advocated.
Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove laid the mental foundations for the shock during a weekend lecture explaining what he sees as the main flaws in the Whitehall machine.
Some of these – along with the civil service is just too London-centered and full of generalists who switch jobs briefly as a substitute for buying experience – are only among the concepts that Mr Cummings previously outlined in his weblog.
It is simply not the first time that Ms. May and the Brexit guru do not agree on political appointments – even if this does not happen directly.
In 2017, Cummings wrote on Twitter that former civil service chief Jeremy Heywood was in a "parallel universe" during Brexit and warned Whitehall that he had "been extremely unprepared for negotiating the withdrawal policy."
In addition, Cummings struck ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis and said, "DD (David Davis) is made to specification as a perfect henchman for Heywood: thick as ground beef, lazy like a toad, and vain like daffodil."
The Brexit The guru firmly believed that Mr. Davis was not the right person to steer negotiations with the EU – largely due to his lack of expertise.
Mr. Davis joined Westminster after working as an entrepreneur.
He worked for three years at the whips' workplace in the early 1990s and was ex-Prime Minister John Majors for Europe from 1994 to 1997 before returning to the entry bench in 2016 as a Brexit secretary.
When the two sides wanted to start negotiations in 2017, Martin Selmayr, the former chief of staff of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Selmayr, shared a caricature in which he made fun of Mr. Davis' willingness to hold the talks.
He retweeted a drawing in which the ex-Brexit secretary tried nervously and confused.
The telegraph cartoon showed a relaxed and accommodated Mr. Barnier as a replacement, sitting at one end of a lengthy desk with the caption, "Whenever you're ready, Mr. Davis."
At the opposite end of the desk, Mr. Davis seemed out of place, surrounded by slips of phrases that indicate the main complications for British negotiators – comparable to the delicate Brexit, the DUP deal, and queenSpeech.