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Ken Clarke gone :(
is IBS getting the punt then? or was all that pish about overhearing a conversation on a train complete baws?
50/50 i say.
stories in the press/online today.
With friends like these...
And re. Ken Clarke. Hm. It's a shame, as he seemed to be the only Tory cabinet minister with a conscience on matters of policy, and who was capable of empathy, but I get the impression that, with the various inquiries that might be kicking off, it's seen as dangerous to have him in the cabinet now.
Not quite sure how that's meant to tempt any of the betrayed LibDems to the Tory cause. Do they really think that UKIP has enough pull to tip enough marginals away from them?
So far, those on their way out are:
Dominic Grieve (rather worrying that the only two members of the cabinet who understood the law and the ECHR are on their way out)
(not sure what you're alluding to above - would be pretty depressing if the only half-decent Tory of his generation was a wrong un), but Dominic Grieve going is far more significant right now.
He's not a big name, but he's been a rare voice of sanity in both opposition and government - will wait to see who he's replaced by, but chances are it will signal an all-out attack on human rights and civil liberties in the next administration should the Tories secure a majority.
as others have said, he helped keep Euroscepticism within the bounds of legal sanity.
Interesting that a number of tabloid editors and proprietors have been pushing for his removal too - he was very sharp on pulling them up on possible breaches of contempt laws. Maybe a deal has been done there.
Hopefully a few new Cabinet members are paying attention.
A bit of an oil industry stooge, he's probably most notable for being one of the few openly gay ministers. It's probably the latter that did for him, if the rest of the reshuffle is anything to go by.
Sounds like the NFU were campaigning to keep Paterson as well. That probably tells you all you need to know about his stint in the position.
Overall, it looks like if you're not from the 2010 intake and are male, you're out. Given that a lot of this government's shambles of policy creation and implementation have been down to inexperience and ideological zeal, I wonder whether gutting the government of the few ministers who aren't totally wet behind the ears is a good idea.
so this is surely all about desparetely getting some younger, more female and (is it possible?) less white faces in front of the cameras...
If the Tories win the election it'll be a whole different matter though. Then it'll be like Saved by the Bell: The New Class but with Cameron and Osborne as Belding and Screech.
this is all to set things up for the general election, but it also seems to imply that Cameron has admitted that the rest of the parliament is a write-off, and/or that his government is a lame duck. There's still a fifth of the parliament to go.
hate them all
with Ed Sheeran as Minister for Urban
in what other professions would you give a job of massive importance to someone with potentially no experience/expertise in that area. Almost guarantees never having experts in a field heading a department. How about having an Education secretary with, idk, maybe 20+ years of experience in working in education.
A lot of that has been outsourced to private consultants now, who effectively draw up policy these days, without the checks and balances in place. Education and DCLG (particularly regarding planning issues) are particularly bad for this at the moment.
But yes, I've never understood the obsession with having youth in politicians at the expense of experience. And relevant experience too. Sitting on the board of a multi-million pound company for a couple of afternoons a year doesn't count.
There are some instances of people with experience (a lot of Labour and LibDem MPs have backgrounds in social work, teaching, lecturing and healthcare), and it's pretty telling that someone like Sarah Wollaston (Tory MP and ex-GP)has been one of the sharpest critics of her own party's heathcare policies.
Didn't think there'd be any changes in the main posts.
Odd one that. one of the few people in the cabinet not to have disgraced themselves at some point, and certainly the most statesmanlike of the current crop.
I'm hearing rumours that Liam Fox might be back as well. Good grief.
hague's a goner
Probably most notable for being a very vocal critic of same-sex marriage.
We've had Blair's Babes so I guess these are Cameron's... hm..
as the press might call them. The editor of Conservative Home has already called this the 'night of the long wives'.
is there higher levels to this site? is that too many question marks?
Only 53 and, of course, has always seemed eternally youthful: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02661/cringe-hague_2661220k.jpg
Because he did that summit against rape in warzones, as if it's somehow not important (or as the Mail seems to put it, doesn't 'resonate' with the country like some other issues).
Real vote of no confidence for old Dave there tbh and he's a big name so might be a little damaging come the election, and obviously a free market plonker, so overall glad to see the back of him in the end.
Wasn't it the Mail on Sunday that broke the "news" about him sharing a room/bed with a male assistant? Lots of innuendo around that for years now.