Political reshuffle reveals the truth about Johnson’s place on ideological spectrum

London Letter: Possible return to imperial and Crown Stamp for beer pave the way forward

British prime minister Boris Johnson: One of the myths about him  is that he has moved the Conservatives to the left by abandoning frugality and driving a tax and spend agenda. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA

British prime minister Boris Johnson: One of the myths about him is that he has moved the Conservatives to the left by abandoning frugality and driving a tax and spend agenda. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA

Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has been received at Westminster as an act of untrammelled political sovereignty by a leader who is the master of his party as he prepares for up to a decade in power. It is Johnson’s first reshuffle without advice from Dominic Cummings but the political path it points towards is solidly within the spirit of Vote Leave.

Liz Truss’s promotion to foreign secretary may not make much difference to Britain’s foreign policy, although she will bolster the China hawks who are already dominant in Johnson’s circle. But her retention of the women and equalities portfolio, which she shares with fellow culture warrior Kemi Badenoch, will help to set the populist tone of the government.

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