Grant Shapps appointed as new defence secretarySep 01, 2023
now it's just become official, it's Grand chaps, uh, let's talk to our correspondent, uh, down there, Sam Sam, is this appointment about the defense of the British kingdom or the defense of Rishi Sunax. Electoral opportunities. Look, grandchat is now the
secretaryof defense. Britain, uh, is helping. Ukraine, with military operations against Russia, there is a huge agenda coming in for the new Secretary of Defense, inflation is eating away at the budget, many problems to address, so yes, he will take full control of the defense report, but he will not can escape. Today's policy is that this is an appointment that has to do with the elections.
The big boys are the jack of all trades for cabinet ministers. Whether he was Transport Secretary under Boris Johnson. Yes he was briefly Home Secretary under Liz's trust despite campaigning against her. He was Secretary of Business. Earlier this year he just came out of energy strategy and Net Zero, uh, he was chairman of the Conservative party behind the scenes, he helped Rishi Sunak, so to speak, become Prime Minister, he's a guy known for his leaves of calculation about politics and about the machinations of how to make political deals and create prime ministers and make things happen on the national stage, as well as being a formidable communicator in the television studios, that is why today Grant Chaps has been promoted to the position of Secretary of Defense.
His skill set is not Foreign Affairs, he has very little experience in that, it is not Military Affairs, he has very little experience in that. The number 10 has
appointedhim to reduce tensions between the number 10 and the mod. Ben Wallace fought very hard for defense. Community, a former Scottish guard who sometimes lent LED for many kinetic moments, so to speak, between the number 10 and the mod, and I think that is not something of interest when it comes to Rishi cities, enters the elections, but Jane, and this is really important, we have Grant's guys, what do they know about defense?
Grant Traps, why should we trust him with the defense of the nation? And he is accompanied by the chief of the defense staff, a visual sign that he is. Now it seems to me that the Defense Secretary is going to do what Ben Wallace sometimes did, which is actually leave Downing Street on foot. There are quite a few security details a little further down the street, which cannot be seen. Now, joining him, he will now walk across the road instead of taking a car, I don't know, 250 yards, 100 yards or so to the back door of the Ministry of Defence, which is right over Whitehall, from Downing Street.
It's just a step through a couple of lines, lanes of traffic and you are at the back of the mod, where he will then greet all the other officials, the other ministers who are not on vacation and begin the onboarding process. uh, in the job of Secretary of Defense, very popular on television, not controversial, not someone who fights, but Jane, that doesn't mean this appointment isn't controversial, virtual among some, maybe those who care a little more for defense and security, uh, brief, let me bring you. you the words of a Conservative backbench MP. I'm surprised that you don't want to be named and therefore you can be a little bolder, so you have to remember that you don't choose to put your name next to this quote, but still let me read it to you guys, it's a Such an uninspired choice for Secretary of Defense, this man conveys no details and only cares about photos and slick press releases.
What a wasted opportunity on Rishi's part, who could have
appointedsomeone important. I was reading that for The First Time, a pretty strong quote from someone who isn't willing to put his name to it. You have to keep that in mind. It's easier to be much harsher on unpleasant points if you're giving an advertisement. However, that is someone's opinion.
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