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durp durp de durp de doo
who has a cock for a face
second coolest frontbench member of The Government (that feels good).
The Prime Minister - first coolest.
Cool is not one of them
57 seats in the house translates to 20 seats in Government (5 in Cabinet)
that's some dealing
Is this supposed to be the serious political discussion thread though? I've looked down the page and I can't see one.
you could start one though
Or even a neutral one. Why isn't Nick Clegg Home Secretary? Does 'Deputy Prime Minister' actually mean something now?
just two candidates per constituency. I suspect the Queen would probably veto it though (if not the Lords), so it's moot anyway.
Norman Lamont was the last Chanceller to have anything approaching the kind of qualifications that would get him the job if he was applying for something of a similar level in the corporate world, and even then he'd just worked for an investment bank for a bit after getting a bachelor's degree in Economics.
I've always thought that the UK's cabinet system was pretty fucked up, especially when you compare it to the US system where the President's staff are drawn from the competent rather than the familiar (thought the two are not exclusive, of course).
like everyone in the world with an Economics degree (and whatever other qualifications Vince Cable has) would have the same opinion as to how to run the economy. But it's just not true, is it? In fact some maybe even agree with George Osborne. *In fact*, considering how disparate views on the economy are, I imagine that it's no more likely they'd agree with the former than it is they'd agree with the latter. Ultimately, their differences come down to biases, not to understanding of the economy. So as long as Osborne has some vague idea of what he's doing - which I imagine he does, otherwise he never would have got the job - his views on how to run the economy are no less inherently valid than Vince Cable's. That's not to say I particularly favour Osborne over Cable, just that this degree malarkey is really starting to wind me up. Everyone shut up about it.
The Lib Dems were pushing for him to be Chancellor apparently, but the Tories weren't having it </3
and got his doctorate in the history of the Labour party.
He is the most Scottish looking person I've ever seen, fair do's.
should be scrapped
that it looks like Chris Huhne is going to be Home Secretary.
Radio 4 says "Environment and Climate Change Minister"
that sounds serious yeah?
Shame. Huhne* is my man. At least he's in the mix.
<pie-in-the-sky>(*first PM of future English parliament, mark my words).</pie-in-the-sky>
are there going to be any WOMEN in Government
or do family values decree that they having baking, babies and coffee mornings to occupy themselves with instead?
Hazel Blears, Jacqui Smith, Harriet Harman and Yvette Cooper.
I can't imagine any of those 4 whipping up a tray of vol-au-vents or a victoria sponge
or indeed suckling a babe in arms
so what future for the Great British Woman?
Ruth Kelly prolly deserves a mention. Although she holds a record by giving birth to four children while being an MP - impressive stuff.
the demographic of the Government doesn't seem to be any reflection of the demographic of the UK
unless it's changed dramatically since I was last there I don't think the UK is exclusively white males with big shiny foreheads
Problem 1) House of Commons is massively set up as a them Vs us game. V masculine.
Problem 2) Same goes for the 2.5 party system perpetuated by FPTP. Obviously this is potentially in a state of flux, so we'll see how that pans out.
I'm not a massive fan of the theory of all-women shortlists, or positive discrimination. I believe those measures to be a sticking plaster rather than dealing with the root problem (as outlined in 1 and 2). I'd rather see 1 and 2 rectified, and I'd like to believe that would change things somewhat. But pragmatically, in the short term, I suppose something should be done to address such a glaring mismatch with the society the HoC is supposed to represent.
There is some evidence to suggest that once a 'tipping point' of female MPs is reached in a parliament, things tend towards being more representative across the board in terms of the whole approach of government. So I'd be keen to see this issue addressed.
but they don't seem very confident.
We're still at the speculation stage. There's still a glimmer of hope.
using PR. Is this news? That one passed me by last night. Seems like a pretty big win for the Lib Dems.
but doesn't really mean much unless peerages are going to be bestowed by popular vote
It's still going to be the House of Lords yeah?
Straight out of left field. Ken Clarke is Justice Secretary.