It was days into the UK’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss’ leadership when she culled former PM Boris Johnson’s Cabinet (removing long-standing loyal heads like Priti Patel and Dominic Raab) for a new Cabinet stocked-full of her closest allies. Her Deputy PM and health secretary, Thérèse Coffey, for instance, is her constituency neighbour and closest political ally, whilst Kwarteng (Chancellor) and Cleverly (Education Secretary) live a matter of yards away from Truss – a factor that prompted The Guardian to label them ’the Greenwich gang’.
The BBC soon after reported a government in Truss’ own image could “provoke rebellion down the track” in that decisions that aren’t duly challenged and scrutinised may not lead to well-thought our nor fair policies. Rishi Sunak called for the newly appointed PM to appoint an inclusive cabinet and not “surround herself with loyalists” to little avail. Since assuming office, conversations have circulated around effective leadership styles, allyship, and whether creating echo chambers within teams can actually do more harm than good.