Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ken Clarke Shuffles to the Cricket

Ken Clarke, roving Minister without Portfolio, has roved over to the Oval following his demotion earlier today:

He hasn’t got anything better to do…

Adonis Condemns “All Change” at Transport
Was Third Transport Secretary in 8 Months Under Brown

Lord Adonis has been harping on at the BBC this afternoon, accusing the government of “constant chop and change” at the Department of Transport after appointing their third SoS in three years.

That’s the same Andrew Adonis that was the third Transport Secretary in eight months under Gordon Brown, indeed Labour had a grand total of seven Transport Secretaries in thirteen years. Get that man a taxi…

Afternoon Reshuffle Latest
Harvey, Burstow and Teather Out

As reported last night LibDem health minister Paul Burstow has been sacked:

Nick Harvey has announced he is leaving as Armed Forces minister, with the MoD now turning entirely Tory. Norman Lamb gets the health job he has always wanted, while Jo Swinson replaces him at BIS. Sarah Teather is leaving the government to fight for her seat. She’s not laughing now…

Meanwhile the first meeting of Dave’s new cabinet will be held tomorrow afternoon. Pull up some extra chairs…

Flashback: McLouglin Refuses to Rule Out Heathrow Expansion

In July 1990 the then Aviation Minister under Thatcher, Patrick McLoughlin, told the House:

“I am afraid that I cannot say to my hon. Friend the Member for Spelthorne, who so ably introduced the debate, that I can wholly rule out Heathrow. If I did that, my hon. Friends who have spoken on behalf of other areas would ask me wholly to rule out their airports as well. That is not the way forward. The way forward is to do as the Government have done—to set up a working group. [Laughter.] It is easy for Opposition Members to mock—we are used to that, but they never come forward with any constructive suggestions.”

The new Transport Secretary’s Derbyshire seat is a long way from Heathrow, though the Tories would be fools to reverse on their Heathrow election pledge. It’s as if they want to lose every seat in West London…

Boris is not very happy about the Greening move:

“There can be only one reason to move her – and that is to expand Heathrow airport. Clear that the government wants to ditch its promises. We will fight this all the way.” 

This could get messy. 

Speech via Jim Waterson.

The New Cabinet in Full

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service –The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord President of the Council – The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – The Rt Hon William Hague MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer – The Rt Hon George Osborne MP

Chief Secretary to the Treasury – The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP

Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice – The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Secretary of State for the Home Department; and Minister for Women and Equalities – The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Secretary of State for Defence – The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills – The Rt Hon Dr Vincent Cable MP

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP

Secretary of State for Health – The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Secretary of State for Education – The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP

Secretary of State for Transport – The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP

Secretary of State for International Development – The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport – The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

Secretary of State for Scotland – The Rt Hon Michael Moore MP

Secretary of State for Wales – The Rt Hon David Jones MP

Minister without Portfolio – The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Minister without Portfolio – The Rt Hon Ken Clarke QC MP

Leader of the House of Lords, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – The Rt Hon Lord Strathclyde

Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal – The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General – The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP

Attorney General – The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP

Solicitor General – The Rt Hon Oliver Heald MP

Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) – The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell

McLoughlin to Transport, Paterson to DEFRA, Greening to DfID
Warsi Gets a Made Up Job, Miller to DCMS

Former chief whip Patrick McLoughlin has been appointed Transport Secretary. As Guido noted last night:

“McLoughlin will be heading to Transport makes a lot of sense – when Philip Hammond was in the job, he would spend one minute of a TV appearance talking about cars or trains and the rest mopping up the government crisis of the day. From miner to firefighter.” 

Meanwhile Owen Paterson gets DEFRA. He’s said to be very sound on hunting…

UPDATE: Warsi gets a made up job:


UPDATE III: Maria Miller to goes to Culture, Media and Sport leaving the fight on between Fallon and Shapps for Party Chairman.

Hunt to Health – Merci, Big Drink Tonight!

You have to wonder what he has to do to get sacked…

Time to Say-eeda Goodbye

When Sayeeda Warsi joined the cabinet she famously hung her jacket from the railings in Downing Street. Now it’s time for no one’s favourite Baroness to get her coat. Here are her greatest hits…

Less Minister without Portfolio and more Minister for Mea Culpas. First she had to apologise for not telling the authorities about her creative rent set-up, then she was saying sorry for taking a business partner and relative on an official visit to Pakistan.

A formal investigation found that Warsi had breached the ministerial code but still somehow she stayed in the job. Perhaps it was her TV appearances that lengthened her political life, though maybe comparing UKIP to the BNP wasn’t the best idea when the Tories are haemorrhaging support to the right. At the time the New Statesman seemed to be her only friends. Now Mehdi Hasan’s only source in the government is gone…

The Baroness never tired of reminding us of her working class roots – even at the very end she was begging Dave not to forget that she was a woman, Asian and from the North.

It was not enough… 

Lansley Sacked
Grayling Gets Justice, Villiers to Northern Ireland

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has been given the chop.

Another top down reorganisation of the NHS…

UPDATE: Villiers to Northern Ireland.


Andrew Mitchell Has Not Been Promoted

The master of his dark arts, Andrew Mitchell, may well have spun his way to a new job, but trying to package it as a promotion is a bit much – in fact it’s the total opposite. Going from the Secretary of State to Chief Whip means a £30,000 pay cut.* He’s also no longer a cabinet member, merely having attendance rights. It’s always nice to see a former banker reformed though…

*The Chief Whip is paid at Minister of State level.

Seen Elsewhere

Warsi Got Cameron to Confront “Secular Fundamentalism” | Fraser Nelson
Guardian April Fools Apology | Press Gazette
Jenni Russell and Her Child’s Godfather, Ed Miliband | Breitbart
Labour’s Left and Right are Growing Restive | Staggers
Corrupt, Incompetent UN Has No Right to Lecture Us | Dan Hannan
Mirror’s Lazy Lie | Guardian
Hungary’s Heir to Thatcher | Conservative Woman
Farage and Salmond Both Want Outopia | David Aaronovitch
More Missing UKIP Money | Times
Church Should Fight Evil of Welfare Dependency | Stephen Glover
1 in 16 Pick Up Infections in Filthy NHS Hospitals | Mail

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

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