Some ministers prefer to jump before they’re pushed. Take Philip Hammond, who opted to walk away last year before the inevitable happened. So Mr S. can’t help but wonder whether Geoffrey Cox is soon to follow suit.
Reports have already emerged that Cox is planning a return to life as a barrister. And who can blame the embattled Attorney General? Cox came under immense pressure during last summer’s prorogation wrangle when he attracted criticism for suggesting the suspension of parliament was ‘lawful and within the constitution’. The Supreme Court had other ideas.
And it seems Cox may now be preparing to spill the beans on his time in the Cabinet, with the Institute for Government announcing they’ll be holding a Q&A with Cox next week. So either the QC is feeling particularly bold or he has worked out that he’ll no longer be in the job by then. Who knows, unlike prorogation, perhaps he’ll actually get this one right…