Lord David Frost is set to join Boris Johnson’s cabinet next month to take charge of steering a new and positive post-Brexit relationship with the European Union.
The unelected peer will replace Michael Gove as chair of the committee now implementing the post-Brexit withdrawal deal.
Lord Frost was the lead Brexit negotiator and as such his new appointment does underline the government’s need to calm relations with the EU, and focus on the immediate difficulties in Northern Ireland.
The appointment also demonstrates how when a specific issue warrants it, a ministerial post enabling the appointment of someone that understands the issues first hand is justified.
At the same time, and after months of lobbying leading to a cross party debate in Parliament, where the motion to appoint a Minister for Hospitality was unanimously approved, no such appointment has been made.
Boris Johnson while visiting a mass vaccination centre yesterday spoke of the high risk hospitality providers enable through being open to trade. His speech can be seen and heard in a video interview, where he clearly is at odds with many facts.
The PM spoke about using data to make decisions and indicated that hospitality would be one of the last areas of life to reopen. There was no reference to any data supporting that view.
Just as the Prime Minister will rely on the counsel of Lord David Frost in matters relating to Brexit, he needs to appoint a Minister for Hospitality and avail of similar counsel from someone that knows hospitality inside out.
Lord David Frost joins cabinet as an unelected peer, following this approach with a Minister for Hospitality would also widen his recruitment pool. Although in our opinion the former shadow Minister for tourism, Tobias Ellwood MP would seem perfect for the job.
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