A metaphor for the absence of power from Lino – the department exists purely so it can be seen to exist
Man down. Again. Ministers are now resigning quicker than Theresa May can get round to finding someone to replace them. But Chris Heaton-Harris, the junior minister in the Brexit department who left government on Wednesday over the Leader in Name Only’s decision to appoint Jeremy Corbyn as interim prime minister, will be missed less than most. Not because he was particularly bad at his job but because his job never really existed in the first place.
The Brexit department has become the government’s meta joke. It exists purely so it can be seen to exist. A metaphor for the absence of power. The sole function of Stephen Barclay, Robin Walker and Kwasi Kwarteng – the three remaining Brexit ministers – is entirely decorative. Their jobs are non jobs. McJobs. They may get smart cars, large offices and phones to play games on, but in return they are expected to, wherever possible, smile nicely and say nothing. Something they by and large do very well.