Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The Mouse Squeaks

Finally the long overdue reshuffle is here. David Cameron has cleared out some of the dead wood, Baroness Warsi gone but Hunt and Osborne still in the Cabinet.

Osborne's toxic standing was shown in full light at the Paralympic Games Yesterday when he was booed in pantomine villan style by a crowd of 80,000.

No wonder given his low standing even amongst the Tory of the Daily Telegraph Here were our predictions in July
Job                     Incumbent      Telegraph Reader Vote to Go
                                                                              Replaced By            What actually happened

Chancellor         George Osborne       25%              Vince Cable              OSBORNE
Home Sec         Theresa May            20%               William Hague           MAY
Foreign Sec       William Hague          >1%               George Osborne      HAGUE
Defence Sec      Phillip Hammond      2%                  STAYS                   HAMMOND
Business Sec     Vince Cable             14%                 Danny Alexander    CABLE
Work & Pens    IDS                          1%                 STAYS                   IDS though tried to move him
Justice               Ken Clarke              NA                 Theresa May           GRAYLING
Climate Change Ed Davey                 >1%               Caroline Spelman      DAVEY
Health Sec        Andrew Lansley        3%                 STAYS                     HUNT !!
Education          Michael Gove           5%                 STAYS                     GOVE
Local Gov         Eric Pickles              2%                 STAYS                      PICKLES
Transport          Justine Greening        1%                 Damian Greene         MCLAUGHLIN
Environment     Caroline Spelman       1%                David Willetts            PATTERSON
International D  Andrew Mitchell        >1%              STAYS                     GREENING
Northern Ire     Owen Paterson         >1 %              STAYS                     VILLIERS
Scotland           Michael Moore         >1%               STAYS                     MOORE
Wales               Cheryl Gillan              >1%              STAYS                    JONES
Culture             Jeremy Hunt              10%               Justine Greening        MILLER
Chief Sec Trs   Danny Alexander       1%                 David Laws              ALEXANDER
Without Port    Baroness Warsi         11%                Liam Fox                  CLARKE

Thankfully - Vince Cable has remained as Business Secretary but would have done a brilliant job replacing George Osborne.
Some Liberal Democrats have been brought into lower ministerial ranks like Jo Swinson and David Laws, sadly Sarah Teather has left the government.
What is clear is that the Conservative Right is now in the assendancy with Ken Clarke out of the Cabinet Ranks for the first time since the 1970's. Chris Grayling will try to do the Human Rights Act the same hatchet job he attempted at Health and Safety.  McLaughlin has replaced the anti-heathrow Justine Greening and will now try to push another runway at Heathrow in opposition to Boris Johnson and half of West London, Bucks, Surrey, Berks.
The Assault on Middle English rights and freedoms will gather pace - prepare for the Green Belt to go and another Tory assault on employment and safety laws.
Can Vince Cable and Ken Clarke tag team Osborne and Norman Baker and Boris Johnson get a Thames Estuary London Airport.

The Coalition will run now until 2014, perhaps with Nick Clegg but more probably Vince Cable heading up the Party at 2015.

For what it's worth here is my own pick for a Lib Dem Government in 2015 (positive thinking).

Liberal Democrat Dream Team

Prime Minister                                  Nick Clegg
Deputy PM                                      Alan Beith
Chancellor of the Exchequer             Vince Cable
Foreign Secretary                            Menzies Campbell
Home Secretary                               Lorely Burt
Defence Secretary                          Lord Ashdown  
Business Secretary                          David Laws
Work and Pensions                         Steve Webb
Justice                                            Jo Swinson
Climate Change                              Chris Huhne
Health Sec                                      Dr Evan Harris
Education                                       Sarah Teather
Local Gov                                       Simon Hughes
Transport                                        Norman Baker
Environment                                    Lynne Featherstone
International D                                Julia Goldsworthy
Northern Ire                                    Lord Alderdice
Scotland                                         Charles Kennedy
Wales                                             Roger Williams
Culture                                           Julian Hippert
Chief Sec Trs                                  Danny Alexander      
Without Portfolio                             Tim Farron

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