According to his press team, Boris is going to “get on with delivering the priorities of the British people” and in doing so he has even banned all of his Ministers from attending the Davos World Economic Forum. I am not opposed to such a ban, but one does wonder if his ban extends to his own aides, the Royal Family and the businesses who fund his party such as JCB and one or two others. However the focus on the priorities of our people needs to go beyond the Brexit and NHS emphasis which he expressed at his first Cabinet meeting which included telling his ministers that they would be expected to work “24 hours a day” to create a “people’s government”. It is worth remembering that no one can work 24 hours a day for more than a couple of days and in most cases working for more than a few hours is a challenge for people who are already exhausted following the campaign they have been part of. However perhaps these comments are intended as a way of setting down a profile of the “Blue Collar” Government which he is claiming. In reality the people who do work for 24 hours at a time are rarely Blue Collar people but that is because they are often working in very dangerous settings. However the reason I have suggested that Amanda and Adam are people that Boris should listen to are because Amanda Mukwashi who is the CEO of Christian Aid is one of 100 people who have signed a letter to Boris calling on him to listen to them and not combine DFID with FCO because it seriously risks destroying the positive impact of the Foreign Aid expenditure, something that is reflected by the donations made by a great many “Blue Collar” people across our nation. The call from Adam Marshall relates to his role as the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce and as he pointed out in his recent postings “That means addressing unanswered questions around the Brexit process and ensuring a smooth transition to the new trading relationships and also attention to the issues that matter to business and to growth here at home”
Incidentally Amanda is someone who has also expressed issues over Brexit and she stated “Brexit is a dress rehearsal for the bigger questions the world has to grapple with… We need to be ready to take a leading and influential position… and at the moment we’re not!” Of course she stated these comments before Boris won the election so let us see what he can achieve now he has such a large majority in Parliament?