Friday evening last week, Alok Sharma moved from being Business Secretary to focus on COP26
, which is a huge United Nations climate conference the UK are hosting in November. The Prime Minister sees it as a key opportunity to set out the UK’s post Brexit vision to a global audience.
Alok’s replacement is Kwasi Kwarteng.When he first became an MP, he was sometimes referred to as the ‘Black Boris’, partly because he attended Eton, but also because he too has the brain the size of a planet, and when you have a conversation with him you feel like you are almost having three simultaneous conversations.
I have known Kwasi for over a decade and he is a tremendous thinker and operator, but there is no doubt that the business community having to engage with their fourth business secretary in two years will feel a little frustrated.
Can he step up and become one of the great Business Secretaries like Peter Mandelson, Vince Cable, Michael Heseltine or David Young?
Even though the first two aren’t from my tribe, I can recognise that they were undeniably big beasts and got the Department working in their favour.
You can read my full thoughts here
Rather amusingly I have already been called ‘pond life’ in the comments section, I do find myself asking the question who gets up at 5am to leave such aggressive comments on a newspaper website?