Former Conservative Chancellor Norman Lamont has given his analysis of Sajid Javid’s resignation yesterday, and it isn’t pretty.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Lamont said Boris Johnson’s decision to force out Javid showed the Prime Minister’s insecurity.
“Why should the Prime Minister suddenly decide that he wants to control the Treasury, in a way that he doesn’t control the NHS or the Department of Transport?”
He added, damningly:
“This reeks to me of vulnerability, suspicion, paranoia.”
Lamont was John Major’s Chancellor from 1990 until 1993 – a longer stretch than Javid, who was forced out yesterday after just seven months.
The Prime Minister demanded that Javid sack all his advisers, and the Chancellor responded by walking.
Newsnight’s Lewis Goodall says this was never the plan, and that Number 10 was confident Javid would accept their demands.
Johnson “screwed up,” he said.
It certainly wouldn’t be the first time.
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