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This reshuffle suggests Boris Johnson is heading for an early election

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This is an over-the-cliff reshuffle. It is, as Boris Johnson said in Downing Street, about leaving the EU, “no ifs or buts”. It is a “throw everything at the problem and hope it works” reshuffle. It is a “make the Brexiteers own it” reshuffle. Except Penny Mordaunt and Liam Fox, because they went over to the other side, by supporting Jeremy Hunt.

Our new prime minister is trying to do so many things at once that we are bound to wonder if he is trying to distract us from his lack of a plan. Sacking half the cabinet and bringing Dominic Cummings – played by himself, not Benedict Cumberbatch, this time – into No 10 is designed to administer electric shock treatment to the Whitehall machine.

The machine has become stuck, gummed up by inertia and deliberate sabotage by Remainers, according to the hardcore........

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