Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The coalition cabinet takes shape - Clegg, Cable, Laws, Ashdown named

PoliticsHome thinks it knows who will be in the new cabinet.

So far it has listed:

Prime Minister - David Cameron

Deputy Prime Minister - Nick Clegg (unconfirmed)

Chancellor of the Exchequer - George Osborne

Chief Secretary to the Treasury - Vince Cable

Foreign Secretary - William Hague

Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families - David Laws

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions - Philip Hammond (unconfirmed)

Secretary of State for Health - Andrew Lansley

Secretary of State for Defence - Lord Ashdown (unconfirmed)

Later. I don't how much this is worth. Already it has changed its mind and put Liam Fox at Defence.


Anonymous said...

It'd be good to have a LibDem at Education (as we traditionalists call it); better still to have one at the DWP (or Employment, as I like to think about it): most people's working lives are hardly an area of Tory expertise, still less the unemployment that needs tackling now with something better than forced-labour schemes if we're not to wind up with another 80s-style lost generation. To heck with Defence: LibDems need their hands on social policy if they're not to incur electors' wrath down the road.
- Dave P

Anonymous said...

One point that nobody seems to have raised: how will the coalition parties contest by-elections? An electoral pact would have been necessary for a centre-left bloc, but Cameron-Clegg can more than cope with the routine government by-election losses. But business-as-usual could produce some very odd campaigns. Will we see Tory and LibDem candidates campaigning against each other in support of the same government? Do we know if it's been discussed? It's a novel situation: it'll be interesting to see how it works out.
- Dave P

Blognor Regis said...

"most people's working lives are hardly an area of Tory expertise" What a strange thing to say. Nick Clegg's life up until now was hardly that of horny handy son of the soil particularly was it?

Second comment raises very interesting point though.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon#1
And Blair knew all about poverty! His poor, working class, parents somehow managed to scrape together the fees for Scotland's top/most expensive school

dreamingspire said...

Later: Philip Hammond for Transport. Looking at his biog on Wiki, he has been all over the place. Does he know anything in depth (except perhaps making money)? Or will he be supported by Adonis as a GOAT recruit?