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Dumping Sir Humphrey gets Bojo's mojo back 

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30.06.2020

Better late than never, Sir Humphrey is on his bike. Why has it taken Boris so long to get rid of him?

Mark Sedwill should have been given his P45 the day Johnson moved into Downing Street. I said as much in this column more than a year ago, when it became apparent that Mother Theresa was toast.

Under Mrs May, this unelected civil servant had accumulated an unhealthy, unprecedented amount of power.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) relieved Sir Mark Sedwill from his duties as Head of the Civil Service last week, but why has it taken him so long to get rid of him?

May was so hopelessly reliant on Sedwill that she made him Cabinet Secretary, Head of the Civil Service and National Security Adviser — the first person to hold all three jobs simultaneously.

Even that wasn’t enough to satisfy Sedwill’s rapacious appetite for power. According to a Whitehall source quoted in a newspaper profile last summer: ‘He can’t cope with the fact that he is not Prime Minister.’

That didn’t stop him behaving as if he was PM. He regularly treated Cabinet Ministers with disdain, warning Gavin Williamson, then Defence Secretary: ‘Don’t underestimate how vindictive I can be.’

That threat came after Williamson was accused of leaking details of May’s decision to involve Huawei in building Britain’s 5G mobile phone network, despite uneasy opposition from ministers, the security services and our closest allies.

Under Johnson's predecessor Theresa May (pictured), Sedwill had accumulated an unhealthy, unprecedented amount of power

Sedwill was the main cheerleader for Huawei, even leading a delegation of 15 senior Whitehall officials on a vainglorious jaunt to Beijing — aimed at bypassing ministers and establishing himself as the main point of contact between the British government and the Chinese.

A fervent Remainer, with undisguised contempt for elected politicians and the democratic process, Sedwill took it upon himself arbitrarily to order preparations for a No Deal Brexit scrapped.

One of the architects of Project Fear, he authored a (conveniently leaked) memo warning of food price rises and civil unrest in Northern Ireland unless May’s dismal surrender deal was passed.

He ruthlessly exploited her weakness to bolster his own position. Talk to anyone who attended meetings at Downing Street and, previously, the Home Office. They will tell you she contributed next to nothing and always........

© Mail Online