The Prime Minister Theresa May emerged from work yesterday (Monday) with a wan smile on her face which rather summed up the kind of day she must have been having. Her Cabinet appears to be falling apart around her.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has resigned under a cloud of sexual harassment, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has made a costly blunder which could see a British woman in prison in Iran serve an even longer sentence. Her Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green is having his computer examined for evidence of extreme porn and International Development Secretary Priti Patel is in disgrace after conducting several meetings with Israeli officials without informing the Foreign Office.
But whilst it appears Mrs May cannot select a reliable Cabinet to serve her what Mrs May does have a talent for is picking a good winter coat. She may have looked jaded and down-trodden from the tough events of yesterday but her appearance was certainly perked up by the stylish camel coat she had slung about her person.
Mrs May must have been consulting the fashion magazines again because camel coats are an absolute must-have for this winter and they are certainly worth investing in. A good one can last forever and can be brought out year upon year and still not look dated.
Whether Mrs May's camel coat was a new one purchased especially to stay on-trend this season or whether it is one she has had stashed in her wardrobe for years, she managed to accessorise it perfectly with the obligatory poppy brooch and matching slash of red lipstick. If only her Cabinet had been as perfectly put together.
To recap, the first of the Cabinet to go was her Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, who has – rather unfortunately as it turned out – been regularly described as a safe pair of hands and someone Mrs May could rely on. It emerged that not only had he put his hand repeatedly on the knee of a journalist 15 years ago but he had lunged and tried to forcibly kiss another journalist and made lewd comments to MP Andrea Leadson, on the lines of advising her where she could put her cold hands to warm them up.
It was made to seem Mr Fallon resigned of his own accord but insiders say there was a lengthy meeting with the Prime Minister where cross words were exchanged.
Then we have Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green – Mrs May's right-hand man if you like – whose own future in the Cabinet is looking uncertain following not only alleged inappropriate behaviour to a young activist – a common theme – but also claims he has 'extreme' pornography on one of his Commons computers. The allegation was made by former senior Met police officer Bob Quick, but Mr Green denies everything.
International development secretary Priti Patel has been formally reprimanded by Mrs May after it emerged that during a trip to Israel this summer, which she had claimed was a family holiday, she had met with a number of the country's officials including leader Benjamin Netanyahu. She had not told the Foreign Office of her intentions to conduct these meetings and so was in danger of breaching the ministerial code. Mrs May has accepted Priti Patel's apology but calls remain for a proper investigation.
And then we have Foreign Minister Boris Johnson - known for a succession of gaffes - who may just have made his most serious blunder yet because it seriously affects the future of a British woman in prison in Iran. Calls are being made for Mr Johnson to be sacked after he made a misleading statement about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for 'spying'.
Mr Johnson was meant to be condemning the treatment of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe who was arrested and put in prison whilst visiting her family in Iran with her 2-year-old daughter. She and her family have stressed she is not guilty of any crime but Mr Johnson could have really screwed things up for her after saying she was 'simply teaching people journalism'.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is indeed employed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, but has consistently said she was on holiday in Iran at the time of her arrest, taking her young daughter to meet her grandparents for the first time. Mr Johnson, in saying she was working, could now have caused her sentence in prison to be extended by another five years.
It certainly - and most rightly - looks like Theresa May's camel coat is going to out see this current Cabinet line-up and even this government. But at least, as Mrs May has proved, camel goes very well with red.