Heappey reaps rewards of ambiguity
Yesterday we reported that James Heappey, MP for Wells had not resigned. Ministerial colleagues handed in their notice in protest at the lack of integrity of their leader. Mr Heappey sat on his.
Eventually he responded to the Leveller with an ambiguous statement. He noted he agreed with his colleagues. He didn’t say which ones. He suggested he would sit tight for reasons of national security.
Today with a “lame duck” Prime Minister waiting to go, Mr Heappey is rewarded. Johnson has promoted him to Minister of Defence.
These days it seems the fact you didn’t actually resign, is considered loyalty enough. Whether that will wash with the new PM when chosen, only time will tell.
Rebecca Pow who bravely resigned, but only after the Prime Minister May not be so lucky. The timing of her statement may not serve her well. For Johnson it still seems like betrayal. For a new zoom it may look like cynical opportunism. Again, time will tell.