The sign of a weak Prime minister. The honourable resign their posts while the dishonourable keep theirs.
If the press focus on Priti over this, in a week we'll be being told "we have moved on", but if they focus on failure of the Prime minister to sack her, things might be very different.
The Prime minister wants to be seen as a Churchill, while actually just being spoilt, entitled, and lazy. He knows he is all of those things, but insists on trying to cultivate this Churchillian figure who will see us through Brexit.
If the press make this about his weakness of being unable to sack people who have done wrong, it is going to strike at that image pretty hard.
His allies will defend him and point to the people he has sacked who have defied him, but that's not a sign of strength rather than a sign of insecurity.
The Home secretary, however, has cultivated this image of strength. Accuse her of bullying and her defenders will simply point out that she is strong. (And they have)
An army of Conservative MPs have been sent out to talk about how she is strong and resolute.
The armour is on, and Priti Patel is not the weak spot in it now.


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