Boris' breaking news: UK has a brand new government.
But the reality is the 'brutal' reshuffle is just the lizard's dead tail to survive until October 31st
Boris Johnson has one gift versus all the other Conservative politicians: exceptional communications skills, both when he tells lies or the truth (if this last ever happened). He is aware about that, and Tories know this as well, that’s why they decided to use this ‘weapon’ in the very moment of crisis, when a minority government, non elected with no mandate for no deal (nor for Brexit after three years) has to survive three major stumbling blocks.
First stumbling block. No confidence vote: it’s not said yet when this will happen. It depends on how deep Labour Party crisis is; Tories are fighting for the shut down of the Parliament in order to avoid this and survive so that on September can drag on up until the Brexit deadline of 31st October.
Second stumbling block. Keeping alive a minority government. DUP has stated they oppose a no-deal and want a clear solution for the Northern Ireland’s border while instead Johnson stated in his first speech as PM “never mind the backstop, the buck stops here" in a sentence clearly subduing any form of negotiation with the EU and stability of the country, to forward the delivery of the so called ‘will of the people’. Now Johnson made clear negotiations with the EU will not go forward for a matter of time: "it is of course vital that we prepare for the remote possibility that Brussels refuses any further to negotiate and we are forced to come out with no deal not because we want that outcome of course, but because is the only common sense to prepare" this major issue could itself undermine the alliance with DUP.
Third stumbling block. To overcome the wider dissent, the one of the electorate. Johnson, elected by a 60% of Conservatives members does not represent the country, de facto. Automatically, by constitution, has become PM following May’s resignations. The radical change in the cabinet and majority of secretaries marks intentionally a discontinuity with the past government made up in order to determine the perception a freshly new elected government, to communicate a big change, more than a simple reshuffle. The ‘fake news’ is that there is a new government in the UK, but we know Boris is the wizard of fake news. So he is seeking legitimacy for his new reshuffled secretaries, diverting attention on possible new elections. This way Johnson speaks to the wider public, to voters, to a country, by rising the curtains on a new team ready to perform (we don’t know yet what comedy is on stage).
This new government is, at present, not yet legitimated by voters, as instead the brand new executive would show off. And this happens in the context of a non-majority in the House of Commons amid growing dissent.
Communication, along with media which have always supported Boris Johnson and extreme brexitism, can do, for a while. Tories can go on changing their tails like lizards in the extreme moment of danger. But, beware, nature allow tales to regrow a limited number of times: we are now at the second tail, it could be the last.