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It’s time to scrap the Ministerial Code

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Henry Hill has a useful CAPX piece on the hounding of Suella Braverman via the Ministerial Code.

Suella, the speeding course ‘scandal’ and why it’s time to scrap the Ministerial Code

In Suella Braverman, Rishi Sunak made a rod for his own back. It is almost certain that, had he actually won a leadership contest and assembled a Cabinet on his own initiative, she would not have featured in it.

But to a Prime Minister who inherited his Chancellor, the most important person in his government save perhaps himself, using the Home Office to buy off the right must have seemed like small beer at the time.

It was never likely to end well, though. On a policy level Sunak, as a creature of the Treasury, was unlikely ever to be sincere about reducing immigration.

The whole piece is worth reading as a reminder of how most political actors and Civil Service mandarins strenuously avoid rocking the globalist boat. The Ministerial Code seems designed to assist with that. 
Whatever you think of Braverman and her politics, if that is the sum of the story then it is utterly, bone-crushingly trivial.

Yet rather than focus on such triviality, opposition politicians and commentators alike can clutch their pearls and claim breathlessly that she broke the Ministerial Code! A form of words which, as the Code compasses misconduct from the grossest to the pettiest, has the happy side-effect of turning pretty much anything into a sacking offence.

It also encourages Sunak to outsource his thinking to poor Sir Laurie, rather than making a five-minute political judgement and carrying the can for it.


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