Despite the good weather and England’s good World Cup result, it hasn’t been a relaxing weekend for all. Step forward Gavin Williamson. The ambitious defence secretary has found himself in the line of fire, with the Mail on Sunday splashing on reports that he has threatened to topple the prime minister unless defence spending is increased by £20bn. Given that Theresa May doesn’t yet have a firm plan in place to fund her £20bn NHS pledge, it’s hard to see her signing up to this anytime soon.
Allies of Williamson – known as Private Pike in the Treasury – have moved to deny the reports. However, regardless, the incident has not gone down particularly well with Williamson’s colleagues. One such MP tells Mr S that this is what happens ‘when you put children in charge’. Meanwhile, Nick Boles – the Conservative MP – has taken to social media to voice his exasperation:
Would it be too much to ask that senior members of the Cabinet behave like grown-ups, discuss serious issues in a serious way, and avoid running to the papers with childish threats or swearing at foreign dignitaries?
— Nick Boles MP (@NickBoles) June 24, 2018
If the Cabinet keep this up, perhaps May could cling on until 2022 after all…