Penny Mordaunt is the new defence secretary.
.. who, at least, has some military experience if only as RNR. It arguably should not make any difference, of course, but may help when talking to senior military officers, including by understanding (and not being flannelled or intimidated by their uses of acronyms and jargon). Her replacement at DfID, Rory Stewart, is ex-Regular (Black Watch); another Department where military experience can be useful.
Not that military background always yields competent Ministers (or, indeed, MPs) by any means
Tradition is for Ministers including PM to say 'we do not comment on leaks', so it is unlikely that it will be officially confirmed that Williamson was sacked for confessing or being proven to be the leaker. Ironic that the Defence Secretary should be, with Foreign and Home, the most sensitive to the sacrosanctity of NSC discussions. He was also formerly Chief Whip, where he reportedly exercised discipline with a ferocity which won him few friends among his backbenchers or fellow Ministers (who, of course, also have to be Whipped; in 'normal times' this is a formality, but times are not normal). Some may not be too unhappy to see his downfall.
Further, it cannot yet be known whether there was only one leaker. The DT reporter may have sought or even passively received corroboration from other Ministers or (the 'usual suspects' in most leak cases) their SAs.
Interesting times, but I hope for those who depend on it, sometimes with their lives, that NSC is now as secure as it always should have been.
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