Cameron’s reshuffle: cowardice or sound tactics?

The impact of David Cameron’s controversial cabinet reshuffle continues, with the demotion of Michael Gove from education minister to chief whip creating the most heated debate. “With less than ten months to go to polling day”, says James Forsyth in The Spectator, it just shows that “politics trumps policy”.

Cameron has demonstrated “his willingness to sacrifice even his closest friends to the electorate”. It’s certainly true that Gove polled badly with focus groups, says James Kirkup in The Daily Telegraph. In the era of ‘big data’, the “poll of Damocles is forever suspended [...]

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