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Boris Johnson may be cooking up a reshuffle - it will reveal more than any speech

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In the 1998 film Sliding Doors, Gwyneth Paltrow plays a woman in her twenties for whom life could go one of two ways, defined by a chance event – a closing Tube door. In the scenario where she manages to board the carriage, she catches her boyfriend cheating and changes her life for the better. In the one where she misses that train, she arrives later, stays in the relationship – and things go downhill from there.

Boris Johnson’s “sliding doors moment” is the week he got pinged. The last week of Parliament before the summer recess had been bookmarked as five days of big announcements to reset his premiership and end the term on a high. There would be the lifting of restrictions on the Monday, a return to a domestic agenda with a planned announcement on social care – complete with tax hike – and there were plans for an end of term reshuffle, with civil servants on high alert.

Instead, Johnson found himself spending that week in solitary confinement at Chequers – as his personal approval ratings plummeted. The “freedom day” announcement approached parody as three of the most senior politicians in the country had to take it in from quarantine. The social care announcement was shelved on similar grounds.

Meanwhile, politicians at the various Westminster summer drinks parties complained they would now have to wait months and months for any chance of promotion. But in reality, they may not have to.
Since becoming Prime Minister, Johnson has proved reluctant to shake up his top team. Talk of reshuffles........

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