What the ed­i­to­ri­als said

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In the end, said The Guardian, Cab­i­net reshuf­fles are all about power. They’re an op­por­tu­nity for PMS to ex­er­cise their “pow­ers of pa­tron­age and show who is boss”. Yet May’s reshuf­fle has merely ad­ver­tised her weak­ness and in­ep­ti­tude. She couldn’t budge some min­is­ters, and didn’t even dare try to move big beasts such as Boris John­son and Philip Ham­mond for fear of up­set­ting the Cab­i­net’s frag­ile Brexit balance. You have to hand it to May, said the London Evening Stan­dard. With this week’s “farce”, she has now achieved the “hat-trick of the worst reshuf­fle, the worst party con­fer­ence speech and the worst man­i­festo in mod­ern his­tory”. If Labour weren’t in such a mess, the Tories would be “fin­ished”.

There were some good el­e­ments to the reshuf­fle, said The In­de­pen­dent. The “mod­est though clever” Lid­ing­ton, for in­stance, is an ex­cel­lent choice to re­place Green. It also made sense to add re­spon­si­bil­ity for so­cial care to Hunt’s brief, given the pres­sures on the NHS caused by the age­ing pop­u­la­tion, said The Daily Tele­graph. Over­all, though, this week’s reshuf­fle “felt less like a relaunch than a missed op­por­tu­nity”.

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