‘Cabinet from hell’: Boris Johnson hires ministers who backed hanging, called feminists ‘obnoxious bigots’ and opposed gay marriage
LONDON – Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s opponents have accused him of creating the “cabinet from hell” after he appointed a Home Secretary with a history of supporting the death penalty, a deputy who has called feminists “obnoxious bigots,” and multiple ministers who voted against gay marriage legislation.
Johnson, who became prime minister yesterday, conducted the most brutal cabinet purge in modern political history, as ministers who backed his rival Jeremy Hunt were thrown out of Cabinet.
He shocked Westminster by bringing in Dominic Cummings, the controversial campaign director who ran the Vote Leave campaign, while dominating his top team with prominent Brexit campaigners.
Pledging to deliver Brexit by October 31, with “no ifs or buts,” Johnson fired a total of 17 Cabinet ministers and gave many top jobs to MPs who had been involved in the Vote Leave team, handing Michael Gove the job of no-deal preparations as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Prominent Brexiteer Priti Patel, who replaces Sajid Javid as Home Secretary, holds a number of staunch views, including a history of supporting the death penalty.
In 2011, she said: “I do think that when we have a criminal justice system that continuously fails in the country and where we have seen murderers and rapists … reoffend and do those crimes again and again, I think that’s appalling.”
“On that basis alone I would support the reintroduction of capital punishment to serve as a deterrent.”
She later renounced her support for capital punishment in her role as International Development Secretary, a job from which she was fired in 2017 for holding a series of secret meetings with Israeli politicians during what she said was a family holiday.
Turning back the clock to Thatchers era is just what the UK needs. Boris says he will deliver Brexit and you better believe him.