Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Friday, 5 June 2009

Who's he gonna call?

So, who will Mr Brown choose to call up for the important Cabinet roles?

Mrs Rigby notes that John Hutton has resigned from his post of Defence Secretary, and is also reported on the BBC that he is "stepping down" as an MP.

ith the earlier losses of Hazel Blears, Jacqui Smith and James Purnell's little bombshell last night, he has fewer MPs with sufficient experience to choose from.

The country cannot afford to have kiddies in control, there is too much at stake - there can be no denying that the place is in a bit of a mess and we are rapidly becoming the comedy act on the world stage.

Mrs R wonders if superglue was used to ensure that Darling remained Chancellor.

Alan Johnson has accepted the role of Home Secretary - a poisoned chalice if ever there was one. If he succumbs to the curse it will, surely, scupper any chances he may have had of being leader of the party - perhaps intentionally - and could mean the eventual contest will be between Harman and Balls. Now, that would be interesting.

Mrs R wonders if Brown will be forced to merge some departments, and perhaps give even more power to Lord Mandy the unelected.

Interesting times, it would be far more interesting if there was a general election, which we so surely deserve at this time of government meltdown.

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