Rishi Sunak and Kwasi Kwarteng have a lot in common. Both are devoted Brexiteers, both educated in prestigious public schools (Sunak in Winchester, Kwarteng in Eton), financial hawks, and promoted to full cabinet rank as Boris Johnson’s prime minister. First and second reorganization of.
The promotion of snacks to prime minister took place on February 13, 2020. The remaining modifications were made in short order over the next 48 hours. Kuwashi’s promotion to Business Secretary took place on January 8, 2021. The remaining modifications were not done for another 250 days.
Both movements were typical of each modification as a whole. Snacks are arguably one of the most capable politicians in the parliamentary party, but his promotion came as a result of negligence: Sajid Javid left the government instead of dismissing his aides, and that As a result, I felt uncomfortable with the Parliamentary Party. Helped bring the end of the era of Dominic Cummings as Johnson’s most influential adviser, among those who feared that the cabinet reshuffle would mark the premature end of their political career.
Kwasi was also highly regarded by his colleagues, and his appointment was part of the march of Johnson’s supporters. The prime minister used the last remodeling to place long-standing supporters in most posts that determine whether his government will fail or prosper.
At the successor ministerial level, he also made keen moves to relieve some of the hurtful emotions caused by the last remodeling.
So what does it mean that the Treasury, which is run by Snacks, is at odds with the business unit that Quarten is in charge of? In a sense, this story is very old. The Treasury is most often at odds with Whitehall’s second economic sector.
As one of Kwasi’s predecessors once told me, the business sector is primarily concerned with economic growth and the financial health of the country. The Treasury is primarily interested in limiting the growth of public spending. The two inevitably collide.
But the disagreement between the two, which led to a war of strange words when Treasury sources accused Quarten of making false claims about the meeting between the two departments, is also about a very new development.
Although the two men have fairly similar ideological histories, Kwasi is the author of excellent history books, war and gold, and a particularly suggestive manifesto of fiscal conservatism. Currently, they are in very different positions.
Kwasikwaten is one of the loudest ministers as far as the country’s carbon goals are concerned, and authorities say the immediate results of Brexit and the pandemic mean that at least the era of fiscal conservatism is not over. He says he is thinking. Temporarily interrupted.
Snacks are loved by finance civil servants for many reasons, not only because of their personal courtesy and attentiveness, but also because they share the organization’s belief that the era of fiscal conservatism will never end. The Prime Minister is considered personally skeptical of some of the government’s wide range of environmental goals.
Of course, as far as the UK’s final destination is concerned, the two parties are more in agreement. Both see Brexit as an important opportunity to regain Britain’s lost sovereignty and assert its future industry.
Mr Snack is skeptical of some of the costs associated with government green promises, but he does not deny the consequences of the climate crisis unless governments around the world address the issue. As one minister pointed out, the disagreement between the two concerns the previous “journey, not destination” in Britain.
In a sense, the snack embodies the person Johnson came to take control of his party and the 2019 elections, and the quasi represents the person Johnson wants to win in the next election.
The tension between the two sectors, in part, represents a very old Whitehall fault line, but it is also a very new fault line within the Conservative Party. Of course, Johnson’s skill is to reconcile with Michael Gove after various political collapses, to succeed in winning a Brexit Labor seat, or to retain it. It’s always about putting together things that seem irreconcilable at first glance. To support the Tories.
But whether the disagreement between the business sector and the Treasury turns out to be the cause of creative tension or the pain in action ultimately determines the success of Johnson’s new-looking government. Decide on: Or whether he lives to regret leaving the old one.
Stephen Bush is a political editor of “New Statesman”