May was right to sack Gavin Williamson. No one will be sorry to see him go | Martin Kettle

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For a defence secretary to leak from the National Security Council was egregious. He was never up to the job

There have been spectacular resignations of British defence secretaries: Michael Heseltine over the Westland affair in 1986 comes immediately to mind. But there has not been a spectacular sacking of a defence secretary in the modern era – until now, with the firing of Gavin Williamson. The contrast does not end there. Heseltine was a genuinely major figure who quit over his belief in backing British and European defence suppliers. Williamson is a genuine minnow who got himself fired because of his ambition.

‘No government can be successful which cannot keep its secrets,’ the Labour premier Clem Attlee famously said

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