All evidence points to him being simply oblivious to his own arrogance.
Initially, there's something very unnerving about seeing such stylised photos of new Home Secretary Sajid Javid in corporate warrior pose, outside his new office and brim full of intent. It's unsettling, creepy and even turned my stomach a little on first viewing.
Then I realise it's just about as emblematic as politics gets and should probably be laughed off, just as the Tories (and many other politicians' attempts at gravitas and pragmatic rhetoric should be). There's just one problem with that. His ilk are those running our country right now. Lunatics and asylums come to mind.
Let's face it, the pose is ridiculous - legs way too far apart, blank look. The results make him look uncertain, unbalanced and certainly anything but strong and stable. As if he's so unsure of himself that he might just topple over. Somewhere between Blackadder's Prince George and a wayward member of The Village People (gone wrong) is probably more apt. A man out of time and ultimately down on his luck, though he probably isn't smart enough to realise that yet. All evidence points to him being simply oblivious to his own arrogance.
There is form to this in right centre politics, dating back several years and perhaps best exemplified by George Osborne at the 2015 party conference. Check the Guardian article for more.
So was Javid's posing a coded message to backbench Remainers? A tosspot idiot stance crafted by out-of-touch, overpaid advisers?
I'll leave you to decide...
I just have a hunch that some calamity will bring about his downfall.