Richard Branson’s on the wrong track with his row about selling the Daily Mail on his trains, plus why I hate January
With the best part of two weeks to prepare for her reshuffle, you’d have expected this was at least one thing Theresa May could get right. Apparently not. The first sign that things weren’t running smoothly came when someone from Conservative central office tweeted to say that Chris Grayling had been appointed as the new party chairman. He hadn’t and within minutes the tweet was deleted. Then she invited Jeremy Hunt to No 10 to tell him she was moving him from the Department of Health. Only she had forgotten to check in advance to see if he would go quietly. He wouldn’t, so there followed an embarrassing stand-off, at the end of which she not only kept Hunt in health but gave him an extra title. Much the same thing happened with Justine Greening, who wasn’t willing to be shifted sideways and chose to leave government instead. The incompetence continued with several junior ministers only finding out they had been sacked when they were phoned by members of the press to say their Wikipedia pages had been updated by someone at CCHQ.
Start the year as you mean to go on.