Thoughts on politics and life from a liberal perspective

Friday, 5 June 2009

Seven unelected cabinet ministers

Krishnan Guru-Murthy has just tweeted this:

unelected in cabinet : Mandelson, Adonis, Malloch-Brown, Drayson, Scotland, Royall, Kinnock

That's 7 unelected cabinet ministers. Have there ever been so many before? How can a Prime Minister who has done this be taken seriously when he talks about democratic renewal?

I think I might have to lie down in a minute...


Paul Ankers said...

I thought this showed the trouble he was in.
Cronies in and no MPs wanting the job.
Didn't realise it was seven though. I think that is out of about 22 max

Ewan Hoyle said...

I can't see this as a bad thing. If you want the best person for the job, then you should be able to look beyond your party's limited number of career politicians.

Mark Thompson said...

But the problem is though Ewan that as usual with this country and its uncodified constitution this has been allowed to happen by stealth.

I agree that a case could be made for drawing upon a wider pool of talent but in countries like the US where that happens as part of the normal process, they have a system in place to handle it properly with confirmation hearings and full scrutiny. The President cannot just pick anyone and bung them in any position, there is oversight.

We don't have any of that, just a quick cosy chat with Gordon and Bob's your Auntie's live in lover. Apparently.

Anonymous said...

You can't see this as a big thing ?

Shall we do away with this voting thing all together ?

Let's just get anybody in to run the country - the sole qualification being they'll tel Gordon that he is a great Prime-minister.

This is the death of democracy. Not only is England being run by a Prime Minister who nobody voted for, presiding over a cabinet that mainly resides in a country that has a seperate electoral system, but we have not been given the opportunity to even vote for the people making the decisions.

As well as that he is stuffing The Lords with his cronies and party hangers-on to ensure the next government is not only saddled with massive debts, but ham-strung by a self-serving house of Lords.

As an added bonus he is creating masses of new quangos to block up the civil service.

These actions are not for the benefit of the country, they continue the destruction of the country.