The Atlantic — News and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international, and life – TheAtlantic.com. LENIN'S TOMB. Uncut. By Atul Hatwal So Maria Miller has resigned and Sajid Javid has replaced her, meh.
Contrary to some of the over-heated reports, Miller’s particular passing will have little lasting impact. True, there’s one less woman in the cabinet, but Javid is from a minority community, an area where the Tories and Liberals are even less representative of Britain – let’s not forget that while there were previously 4 women in the full cabinet of 22 Ministers, there was no-one from a minority community.
The circus will soon move on and there will be another crisis over which politicians and media can hyper-ventilate. However, while Maria Miller’s political demise is ultimately unremarkable, there is a legacy from the affair; one that will persist regardless of whether she had stayed, resigned, or did the hokey-cokey daily on College Green. The expenses issue is back as a fixture in British politics. It won’t be as toxic as in 2009 (how could it be?)