With two new polls putting the Conservatives ahead of Labour for the first time since the snap election, there's reason for Christmas cheer in No 10. However, despite this, the result of the disastrous election remains a sore point in government.
So, Steerpike was curious to see Sajid Javid make a joke at the expense of Theresa May and her election campaign in a speech to the Federation of Master Builders. Talking about the work the FMB does, the Secretary of State for local government said that not even Winston Churchill was immune to 'shoddy workmanship' – before going on to suggest May was:
'After all, none of us are immune from the kind of shoddy workmanship the FMB protects against.
Even Winston Churchill.
When he was Prime Minister he complained that 10 Downing Street was, and I quote, “shaky and lightly built by the profiteering contractor whose name the street bears”.
Today, of course, the centre of government is strong and stable!'
Mr S suspects Javid ought to refrain from cracking this joke at the next Cabinet meeting...