‘Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Grant Shapps is in charge of our defence’

Grant Shapps was appointed Defence Secretary on Thursday following Ben Wallace’s resignation. Mr Shapps said he was “honoured” to have been appointed to the role and paid tribute to the “enormous contribution” made by his predecessor.

Also in the news this week, the new Ulez expansion came into force, the Met Police commissioner cracked down on officers supporting “woke” causes while on duty and an IT meltdown led to thousands of flight cancellations at UK airports.

Read on to explore what Telegraph readers had to say about the biggest topics of the week in the comments section and Letters page.

Grant Shapps announced as Defence Secretary

On Thursday, Downing Street announced that Grant Shapps had been appointed as the new Defence Secretary. 

Ben Riley-Smith, The Telegraph’s political editor, claimed that Rishi Sunak had “played it safe” by appearing to value loyalty.

A vast majority of Telegraph readers were displeased by the announcement, and claimed that Mr Shapps has not had sufficient experience to handle the role – particularly when it comes to tackling the ongoing war in Ukraine.

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