Within days of his brutal ejection from the Treasury last year, Sajid Javid was already plotting his path back to the Prime Minister’s side – with the help of his spies within Government and a useful friendship with the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson
Within days of his brutal ejection from the Treasury last year, Sajid Javid was already plotting his path back to the Prime Minister’s side – with the help of his spies within Government and a useful friendship with the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson.
Mr Javid had lost a Whitehall guerrilla war with Mr Cummings after the adviser demanded that he sack his Treasury aides and subsume his operation into No 10’s – a move that was designed to leave Mr Javid with no option but to quit.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Now, ironically, he is part of a pincer movement to make Rishi Sunak – his successor and potential future leadership rival – bend to the will of No 10 over how to meet the exorbitant costs of the Covid crisis and social care.
Javid watched and waited as Sunak masterminded the economic response to the pandemic, while Cummings discredited himself with his ‘eye-testing’ Covid road trip to County Durham.
Mr Javid retained a foot in the Government’s inner circle via Mrs Johnson, who used to work for Mr Javid, along with backdoor contacts he had maintained with his old officials at the Treasury. He would also bombard No 10 aides with offers to go on to the airwaves to defend the Government during the many crises that erupted during his sojourn on the backbenches.
It meant that, once Cummings had been ousted in a power struggle with Mrs Johnson in November, Javid featured prominently in Cabinet reshuffle speculation. If Matt Hancock had not resigned, Javid had been expected to replace Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary.
But Mr Hancock’s spectacular implosion over the ‘gropegate’ scandal presented Mr Johnson with an opportunity: Mr Javid was installed as Mr Hancock’s replacement within 90 minutes of his resignation being announced – but only, according to sources, after Mr Javid had agreed to help the Prime Minister to put the thumbscrews on Mr Sunak over the need for a multi-billion-pound health tax.
Mr Javid is the perfect tag-team partner for Mr Johnson: a former Chancellor who had been grappling the issue of social care from within the Treasury as recently as last year, and who had researched the issue at length during his time out of the Cabinet.
Javid watched and waited as Sunak (pictured above after his Mansion House speech earlier this month) masterminded