The country is in danger and deep trouble, so urbane smoothness has to give way to the ruthlessness that comes with having come up the hard way and a background that can connect with the young. Kwasi Kwarteng fits the bill and is telegenic and capable with youth appeal and sharpness.
The present cabinet sound and look old, and Rees Mogg, although very articulate, is not the man for close quarters political brutality of the kind that will be needed to put the BBC, ITV,Channel 4 and NHS and local authority middle managers to the sword.
He would want to keep his long aristocratic hands Pontius Pilate clean and leave the butchery to others. As Dr Alf will remember not all change is welcomed, not every middle manager is willing to relinquish his/her position. What has to be done does not require consensus, endless urbane discussion or cross party working, it is kill the monster time before it gets too big and kills of the Conservative Party and bankrupts the country.
The “Prince” to quote Machiavelli must live in the country he has conquered, inflict all his cruelties at once, and then bestow benefits one at a time so that they are the more appreciated. Neutralizing Momentum, bringing in legislation to outlaw strikes in essential public services, firing the Southern train drivers and calling up retired military personnel to apply a state of emergency and break General Strikes is not the province of Rees Mogg.
He has other uses around consensus building after all the “enemies within” are dealt with.