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  • interesting... when I read it in the first time, I thought it could be the order of the words in the sentence "has this evening asked", I thought that maybe "this evening" shouldn't have been placed in the middle... 

    However, it's interesting to read the answer and to learn about it... 

  • Thank you for equipping us with a good piece of information about proper hierarchy in UK government.   

  • Hehe, it seems that one had to know well the UK political system to get that ebook :)

    Thank you Sir!

  • Thanks a lot, Mr. Essberger. I got it!

  • So here's my answer. Rose: yes, she sacked him. Actually, she first asked him to resign but he refused to resign. So she sacked him. In typical British "understatement" they say she "asked him to leave". Arif and MANO are onto something. In the UK, as in most countries, there is a head of state—the queen in UK, a president in many countries— and a head of government—usually a prime minister. The prime minister is simply one of many ministers, who, in the UK, are Ministers of the Queen. The PM is prime or first amongst them. She can indeed appoint and sack other ministers. And the ministers sit on the "Cabinet"—the group of ministers that govern the country. But all the ministers (including the prime minister) are Ministers of the Queen. And the Cabinet is the Queen's Cabinet. The quotation above should end with the words "as a member of the Cabinet" rather than "as a member of her Cabinet". The Cabinet does not belong to Mrs May, and this nice distinction stops uppity politicians getting above themselves, even if a highly-paid Downing Street spokesperson occasionally displays his or her ignorance.

  • Yes Sir! that's why I made this question. 

    Prime means: first in importance, autority, first-rate ...

    I could hardly find any grammatical mistake there and I was wondering if I could change the verb ''ask'' into ''fired'' as she is the Prime person and can 'sack' any member of her Cabinet without anyone's approval. (If I'm not mistaken)

  • A prime minister is on a commending position, passes order and gets its compliance. So, asking her subordinate to leave the cabinet of her government is not appropriate word as per her majesty, right?  

    If it is so,  a prime minister can ask a member of his cabinet for resignation if he is not desirous to see him in his cabinet. To me dismissing him from the cabinet is a bit humiliating. I am bit curious :)

  • Good question MA NO. Actually it's not a grammatical issue. I'll give you a clue: What does "prime" mean?

  • There should be a comma after "evening".

    "The Prime Minister has this evening, asked Gavin Williamson to leave the Government, having lost confidence in his ability to serve in the role of Defence Secretary and as a member of her Cabinet."

  • The UK Prime Minister has not asked Gavin Williamson to leave. She has fired him. You also can say she has sacked him.

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