Patronage is power

Constitutionally, the Prime Minister doesn’t actually have much sway – the real power lies in the PM’s ability to determine other MPs’ careers. This is why Theresa May’s lack of room to reshuffle her Cabinet is important – and why her allies are trying to show she can still dish out jobs by appointing new ‘envoys’ to various industries this week. It is fair to question whether these newly created roles will demand as much loyalty as red boxes, though.

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