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Cameron’s reshuffle is promoting women, yes – but risks patronising them too

15 July 2014

15 July 2014

After today’s hiring and firings, the women ratio in the Cabinet rises from 14 per cent to 24 per cent. There is something horribly tokenistic, and faintly misogynistic, about boasting about what percentage of women you have in the Cabinet – as if this is a sign of how ‘progressive’ you are. It’s not clear that the brains of these women have been taken into account. Liz Truss, a committed (and award-winning) education reformer, is miscast as Environment Secretary. Gove’s replaced by Nicky Morgan, who is being introduced as ‘a working mother’ by the BBC as if this was, in itself, qualification for Education Secretary. She is a bright, accomplished minister – must she be reduced to a maternal status?


Does Morgan’s being a woman with children make her any more equipped to swim with the sharks in education (the smile on Christine Blower’s face says it all – as chief of the NUT teachers union, she seems to have think that she has won). And where is one of the smartest women on the Tory benches, Priti Patel? (I hope the answer will be that she’s going to the Treasury). Why is the notoriously under-performing Theresa Villiers still in her job?

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All this fits a trend: Sajid Javid has one of the finest financial minds in Parliament – yet he was moved into the Culture brief. I’m a huge fan of his, and imagine that he’ll do good things. But I’d have left him in the Treasury – George Osborne needs all the good economic ideas he can get right now. Moving Nick Boles from planning to schools where the PM tells us he will be ‘implementing equal marriage’ is also tokenistic –yes, he’s a gay man. But must he really be typecast in this way?

When you hear Ken Clarke on television talking about how the PM needed to replete his stock of women, it sounds deeply patronising. How many other leaders of any other companies would hire on the basis of gender? At The Spectator, two thirds of our staff are women – not that we’re seeking applause from the Fawcett Society. We just want the best, and hire appropriately. Cameron should have done the same, rather than present this reshuffle as a massive gender outreach programme.

Today’s reshuffle was about faces, not about ideas. And it reminds me of a superficial side of David Cameron that I had hoped had been eroded by the experience of office. The purpose of government is to govern. The polls and bookmakers both suggest he’s heading for defeat and has only one year left: what does he want to do with that year? The answer, it seems, is play it safe and focus on presentation. For those of us who believed in the reforms he was making – reforms that are still unfinished – this is a rather depressing day.


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  • GraveDave

    They got their quota of blacks, gays, and Muslims yet. Funniest thing I’ve seen, the Tories ticking boxes to prove how right on they are, yet still proudly happy at playing Alan B’stard when it suits.

  • Picquet

    “At The Spectator, two thirds of our staff are women…”
    Careful – someone might ask what salary rates they all get; if each was replaced by a man, would your bill rise…?

  • Liz

    I wouldn’t throw stones in glass houses if I were you, Fraser. I never see anything but patronising and hostility about women (and weirdly victims of sexual abuse) in this magazine, that misogynist cover being a case in point.

    • cambridgeelephant

      The Speccie is sometimes boring Liz but it’s never a million light years ‘hostile to women’. Even Taki loves ’em.

      • Liz

        Show me a single positive article about women in this mag over the last six months. Every time I see women or a picture of women in thus rag I brave myself for the snark and condescension, with reams of rank misogyny in the comments beneath. This editor has a problem with women.

        • Wessex Man

          How dare you? I tell something you miser zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Wessex Man

      oh dear do you know where you left your sense of humour?

      • Liz

        Show me a joke and I might find it funny. Continuously bring insulted and patronised doesn’t appeal much to my sense of humour.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          …do you have one?

          Prove it!

  • Jen The Blue

    The dreadful Harriet “give me a quota” Harperson would be proud of Cameron.
    Pathetic!

  • cambridgeelephant

    Come on Fraser – money where mouth is time.

    Do you really think this is going to help Cameron win next May – or the reverse.

    From here it looks – as Charles Moore says – that he’s rather ashamed of the few real achievements he’s got and is resorting to his PR background in the hopes of fooling the demos next year.

    He won’t win with that approach.

  • George Scoresby

    For those of you who believe in Cameron, well, you are idiots.

  • Vinnie

    Cameron – damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

    were things better under Gordon Brown? Really?

    Get a grip you lot.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …it is well that you keep up high standards.

  • Terence Hale

    Hi,
    “Cabinet reshuffle” Women are preference. This is acceptable with a chromosome count and an examination of the Hedgehog signaling pathway of metabolism.

  • Lady Magdalene

    Amanda Platell had it right in the Daily Mail yesterday.
    Cameron has proved once again that he is nothing but a PR Spiv and he doesn’t understand ordinary people … particularly ordinary women.
    I am insulted by the idea that he is promoting women to the Cabinet because they have female reproductive organs; are “eye candy” and telegenic.
    Only one of these women was worth promoting at that is Priti Patel. The rest are token wimmen.

    • Liz

      People who are calling them eye candy and window dressing are projecting their own misogyny.

      • Wessex Man

        I agree entirely, now just got to go and clean my glasses, that Esther McVey, she’s a nice gal!

    • GraveDave

      Only one of these women was worth promoting at that is Priti Patel

      Why’s that – because she tricks an ethnic minority box?

  • Ordinaryman

    Is it possible the unions will be encouraged by the removal of Gove? They will,undoubtedly, credit themselves with this decision believing that they forced Cameron to act as he did.

    • Andy

      Well if the Tories win the next General Election I hope Michael Gove goes back to Education and continue his outstanding reforms. We need to smash the Fascist teaching unions before they destroy anymore lives.

  • ant

    Cameron thinks he’s Louis Van Gaal…Nice rack on McVey though…should count for something

    • Wessex Man

      it would if she were my constitutuency, I break my vow made many years ago never to vote Torey again, MvVEY FOR PREMIER!

  • BarkingAtTreehuggers

    Shuffling Gove away from the kids, Hague away from Angelina and Paterson away from the sheep must be seen as a good thing.
    Seriously … all together now:

    Things can only get better
    Can only get, can only get
    They get on from here
    You know, I know that
    Things can only get better …

    • Wessex Man

      Yes indeedy, when Nige and Paul walk through the doors of number !0 to do a deal with Cameron’s successor!

  • the viceroy’s gin

    “How many other leaders of any other companies would hire on the basis of gender? At The Spectator, two thirds of the staff are women – we just want the best, and hire appropriately.”

    .

    Come on, lad, ‘fess up. You smirked and then chortled when you typed that nonsense.

  • NBeale

    The polls do NOT suggest he is heading for defeat. even taken at face value the Labour Lead is on a clear long-term downtrend and will be eliminated by the next election. And the fact is that many people who say they will vote UKIP will in fact vote Conservative at a GE when the alternative is Ed Miliband.

    The women promoted are highly talented and yes big companies do consciously make promotions to achieve better diversity. This is partly about being in touch with your customers which applies in spades in politics.

    Finally 10 months before a GE is a lousy time to introduce big new ideas. Governments should focus on delivery and “scraping the barnacles off the boat” from that PoV a 5 year term is excellent because it least it gives you time to introduce some reforms and get them to work.

    • starfish

      I agree – what new ideas could he introduce given that the LibDems are acting like a sea anchor?
      The only thing that can save Labour is the departure of the two Eds and the rest of those tainted by assoxciation with Mr Brown and the injection of some real no-wonk electoral politics
      Time for David Miliband to return?

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …I believe in faeries in everything they do…

  • HookesLaw

    Another idiot article for our resident idiot editor. What we now have is a govt that has done the heavy lifting over 4 years and can now consolodate and campaign to get re-elected.
    Mr Nelson could not have shown more how usless he is by shouting it from the top of Big Ben.

    • starfish

      Exactly
      Does Mr Nelson (who claims to be a political analyst) expect Mr Cameron to put country before party one year before a knife-edge election?

    • Wessex Man

      Now listen here Hooky, you big girl’s blouse, you dn’y kn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • Smithersjones2013

        I don’t think big girl’s would want to wear Hooky!

        • Wessex Man

          no I must admit I thought that one out, hang on though, what about Dianne Abbot?

    • Smithersjones2013

      Hague has jumped ship (first rat and all that). Gove has been sacked along with Paterson, Grieve, Clarke, Green and Barker.

      Gove upset the teachers. Cameron has bottled it. Paterson upset the eco-fascists, Cameron bottled it. Barker, Green, Hague and Clarke are on Eurosceptic hit lists. Cameron’s bottled it

      Cameron is just weak, weak, weak…

  • starfish

    Far too much Kremlinology going on
    Gove has been moved becasue his work is done at Education and he is needed in the run up to the election.
    He is by far the most effective minister in putting Labour in their place – he consistently ran rings around his Shadow
    He is also totally loyal – so an obvious choice for the Chief Whip post in the run up to an election, especially if he will be acting as a govt spokesman which seems likely
    Hammond is effective, although has little charisma. I think he will be a good Foreign secretary – MOD is an excellent staging post as many of the FCO issues play out in MOD business anyway. Who is the Shadow Foreign Secretary? Wee Dougie is completely invisible.
    At Defence Fallon (yet another Treasury stool pigeon) will be blanced by Brazier who has real military experience and once resigned over Defence cuts
    He has ejected Owen Patterson from DECC and got an MP from a rural contituency into DEFRA – maybe there will be an outbreak of common sense there
    The Chancellor is staying where he is and should be able to deal with Ed Balls

    He seems to have completely ignored the LibDems too
    The interesting appointment is Jeremy Wright who seems to have no EU baggage.
    Outside the M25 bubble this will be seen as an injection of new blood and an increase in women in the Cabinet
    It seems to me Cameron has done a pretty good job

  • Nkaplan

    “Moving Nick Boles from planning to schools where the PM tells us he will be ‘implementing equal marriage’ is tokenistic. ”

    I have no problem with Gay Marriage but this doesn’t sound tokenistic to me but, frankly, sinister. What has ‘implementing gay marriage’ (whatever that means beyond passing a law allowing it to take place) got to do with schools and education? By implementing do they mean ‘indoctrinating children so that they believe in’?

    • Roger Hudson

      Yes.
      Implementing means every primary school to be forced to read more “jack and jim get married” books, that will go down well in Birmingham.

  • dalai guevara

    This is odd – we are not depressed.
    The forums everywhere are full of praise for Hague, Gove *and* Paterson leaving. Faces we have come to love. Faces that meant business. What more could we ask for in a day? Unlike some might believe we could not have hoped for anything – this is not Entitlement Britain.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      You need to get the goat in here, lad, for the trifecta.

  • Denis_Cooper

    Is this your token protest against Cameron’s appointments of token women?

  • John Dalton

    I don’t understand why my comment is awaiting “approval”? There is nothing in it that is offensive?

    I am pretty disgusted by Cameron’s PC playing to the gallery of metropolitan luvvies – BUT I am not surprised by it in the least. The voters will see right through this and I hope that they are as disgusted and outraged as I am.

    And the expression “pale and male” is deeply and disgustingly offensive. Why isn’t someone tearing the use of this phrase to shreds?

    These women simply haven’t got what it takes to hold these offices. That’s not an anti-women statement – it’s a statement based on watching them sweat, bluff, stumble and flannel their way through numerous television appearances. To get rid of the likes of Gove and replace them with the likes of McVey is extraordinary. And don’t get me started on the braying Soubry. I really hope Cameron is out come next year – and I speak as a former Conservative voter.

    The screeching evangelical momentum behind positive discrimination in favor of women, ethnic minorities and g*ys is now at fever pitch. It does no one any good, causes nothing but seething resentment and fosters the promotion of people into jobs they simply aren’t good enough for.

    • Wessex Man

      oh come now that’s not very fair, Esther McVey can come and spin around me any time she likes, it’s just that you don’t like it that your darling Theresa May has now got far better competition now!

      • John Dalton

        Not quite. I am no fan of Theresa May at all – but at least she can string a sentence together. McVey is hopeless. Should have stuck to daytime TV.

        • Wessex Man

          Thersa May told Call me Dave all about the nasty party in her head, it beamed over to his and now they’ve lost half their membership.

          I bet Esther McVey smells like a nice English Rose, the fact that she makes Thersa look a little The Duchess of Cornwall has nothing to do with, the fact that I find myself in love has……Nurse!

  • Colonel Mustard

    About time. Well done Fraser. Stick with this theme. We need a meritocracy running this country not a tokenocracy and certainly not a “Conservative” tokenocracy promulgated on Labour’s divisive identity group politics.

  • sarahsmith232

    Javid impressive? Are you absolutely certain of that?
    Are you not aware that he’s just demanded the implementation of a ‘3 ticks’ system to access film finance? Absolutely beyond belief. He’s demanding that all future British movies must have a minimum 30% BME characters to qualify for funding. Now I know someone that went through the process of accessing film funding, her partner was a co-writer, I know what people go through during this. Dictating that at least 30% of all characters must be non-white is because he’s nothing more than a luddite bean counter who’s first and foremost allegiance is to the Muslim and BME population, certainly NOT our precious creative industries.
    He was talking about this on Andrew Marr a while back. He basically spelt out that in his opinion the ‘most important’ aspect of his brief is to alter British culture for the better by ensuring greater BME participation, especially Muslim participation. Er, no it ****ing isn’t, the most important aspect is to develop policies that will most likely lead to our creative industries thriving, creating more jobs, generating more wealth.
    This person Javid can’t possibly have any real idea of what Thatcherism means if he can manage to convince himself this is an example of it.

    • Smithersjones2013

      DCMS is the first department that should be scrapped!

      • sarahsmith232

        I wouldn’t be so against taxpayer intervention in the film industry.
        This is what is so shocking about this ‘3 ticks’ f***witness, Labour went in for the exact same c***, but get this – they were far LESS ridiculous about it. Same thing, extra added brownie points if the people involved were gay/disabled/asylum seeker/non-white but, what they absolutely did not do was stipulate that the ONLY way you’ll get funding is if you tick all those boxes. They also didn’t demand that movie characters be non-white.
        None of the Labour Culture Sec’ were confused, air head, bean counters though. They presumably understood that a creative isn’t fully in control of the process. It’s entirely dependent on the experiences a person has. A person creativety is stimulated and excited by their external world, their experiences, their relationships etc. A writer can’t just f***ing write a f***ing Pakistani character when they’ve had zero f***ing relationship with one. F***ing stupid air head, confused Thatcherite, Luddite moron.
        He needs to be shifted out of that department before he does any further damage.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          A writer can do whatever his employer tells him to do, or he can go find another job. You take the cash, you do what you’re told. The employer is telling you to write politically correct trash, so you have to do it. Or else, don’t take that employer’s cash.

          There really is no middle ground here, not with this, not with the BBC.

          • sarahsmith232

            PC trash is just about the only thing that’s coming out of this alright. You’re dead on with that. But it’s ok, it’s alright, ’cause ‘the most important’ reason why you’ve been contributing £27 million in taxes is going to be achieved – the BME and ‘ESPECIALLY’ (ensuring the emphasis on, as he did in his Andrew Marr Show interview) the Muslims will get to watch really lots and lots of shamefully s*** movies where at a minimum 30% of the characters are idiotically written, cartoon Pakistani characters, probably taxi drivers and kebab shop employee, idiotically written cartoon characters that are only included in the screenplay so that they be shown being victims of equally idiotically written cartoon character whites.
            This, apparently, he will feel so really very proud of ’cause in his considered, extremely un-Thatcherite, opinion, this is ‘the most important’ reason why people are paying taxes to the state.

        • itdoesntaddup

          Do Daleks count towards the quota?

          • sarahsmith232

            LOL, I should imagine they’d be far more realistic than the **** that this Javid’s f***ing ‘3 ticks’ are going to lead to.
            Pillock honestly believes he’s a true blue Thatcherite, proudly boasts that he spent his teenage years with her poster stuck above his head (suspicious enough behaviour, in itself). How in the **** he can believe he’s a real Tory Thatcher worshipper when not even the Labour party got anywhere near as stupidly tokenistic and authoritarian about funding criteria, I really don’t know. Even they knew that not ticking any of the boxes mustn’t mean that you’re barred from funding.
            Every kind of bell, whistle and flashing warning light should be going off for real members of the Tory party with this behaviour, straight out the trap and he’s showing that he only entered parliament to represent the interests of the BME and ‘especially’ the Muslim, sections of society. As soon as he was handed responsibility for the allocation of tax money he shows that wealth generation, the creation of jobs and prosperity is of absolutely zero importance if it’s only mainly white people that are responsible for that. Using taxpayers money to knowingly and wilfully damage our creative industries is of really not great concern to him, ‘the most important’ thing that our culture is ‘bettered’. . . by actually banning white creativity. A policy that even the Labour party recognised was a step too far.

        • Smithersjones2013

          Having read your response I am even more against the DCMS.. The taxpayer is not an perpetual cash cow for luvvies to express themselves with, If they want stimulation and excitement to get their creative juices flowing they can do it on their own dollar not the taxpayers!

        • gildedtumbril

          Even better, Sarah, splendid!

          • sarahsmith232

            Thanks dear, def’ think this Javid (apparently, he fancies himself as the first Muslim PM) should be kept a close eye on. It looks like Osborne has wholesale bought into his – ‘i’m one of you, I had a Maggie poster above my bed’ spiel. Personally, i’d say he absolutely certainly is NOT a genuine Thatcherite Tory and the fact that he seems to have even managed to convince himself of it is further evidence of just how superficial a bean counter he is.

            Actually, also, I wonder whether his absolute belief in his ‘true blue, to my very core, great, enormous, would in fact be prepared to take on any comers for the title of biggest Maggie lover going, for absolute real bro’ – I am a Thaterite Tory’ self-identity, ’cause that as a layer of his sense of sense obviously is a substantial one. I wonder whether it’s further evidence of just how much Labour dragged the integration process backwards. ‘Cause, ok, the male will be more intelligent than me, yep, get that, but nevertheless, that person has not worked out that the reason why he became a free marketeer, Maggie adorer during his teen years is ’cause this was a type of self identity that was of great personal benefit to him.He was able to thrive in the new kind of society she created, his aligning himself with her set of values was his showing to the world that he was a son of a bus driver, thriving, rich, super achiever. Hardly really understand this but can understand this enough to be able to say – the Maggie stuff became an aspect of his ego consciousness (utter t***yness sounding I know but) that was a unconscious statement about superiority. Separation from the far lowlier offspring of bus drivers and evidence of rich, super successfulness.
            His Maggie Adorer identity wasn’t actually, at base, due to his true blue, heartfelt belief in her ideology being of great benefit to society. Only to himself personally, and only as tool with which to show off his ‘better than the rest of you plebs’ credentials. His behaviour as Culture Sec’ stems from the exact same place, same motivations, same set of ego driven, unconscious associations with ‘importance’, same disinterest in the desired for outcomes being of benefit the wider society as a whole, only for himself and that which his other sense of self is built on – that of separate from ‘the white’, Pakistani Muslim.

            In a clash of conflicting self-identities his Maggie Adorer one was ditched in a second the moment it directly clashed with his – ‘Non-white, absolutely not English, speaking pidgeon, machine operated, self-aware, forced, fake and divelly foreign, English as a pretend second language, product of Labourite, BBC disseminated, Left-wing brainwashed sense of separation identical to the Yasmin Alhia Brown/Dianne Abbott half-wit, idiotic, stupidly ignorant, understanding of ethnic superiority’ ego.
            He wont have considered any of this, ’cause, quite simply, he’s too superficial to have considered it. Presumably will have some little nagging – ‘hmmm, these policies are not exactly something that can be described as Thatcherite in nature, . . . er. . . .’. And I should imagine the bean counter then reached his end point.
            His 1980s, Maggie’s Biggest Fan, identity could at least root him with a larger section of this society than his 90s, Labourite/BBC acquired – BME, participator in racist nation but in a powerful position to battle against, the Imperialist White, – identity. His Labourite BME identity has a more powerful hold on him, so he cast aside his whiteness contaminated Thatcherite one as soon as he was in a position to display his actual, real, true blue, political ideology – what is of benefit to himself and his fellow non-whites. If that comes at the expense of the fantastically successful, wealth and jobs generating, creative industries then he proves his Maggie Lover credentials are nothing more than the phantoms of superficial, Luddite banker.
            Labour took the integration process backward. If it weren’t for them he wouldn’t have been led in that direction.

            • gildedtumbril

              Would you believe,Sarah, I have been blocked by the BNP website? I suspect a closet muz or a sleeper from GCHQ on staff at BNP.

              • sarahsmith232

                Blocked by the BNP website? I probably don’t understand that, you were on a BNP website and the Spec’ picked this up and banned you? Or the BNP wont allow you to post on their site?
                Anyway, enjoy your day.

              • MikeUK4Life

                Sorry to hear that you have been banned from the BNP website I always enjoy reading your posts and have never seen anything in them that would be taken as inappropriate. I agree perhaps the GCHQ have infiltrated the BNP website. Have you contacted the webmaster?

    • gildedtumbril

      Exceedingly well said,bravo.

      • sarahsmith232

        Thanks again dear, enjoy your day.

    • thePharaoh

      I seem to remember that the film “4 lions” was at least 30% BME.

      • sarahsmith232

        I know, he’s an air head banker but, so we can’t really expect him to have worked out that if force, give no other option but than to have to include 30% BME characters, then what you’re going up with cartoon character stereotypes. Expect to witness him proudly boasting about the release of – ‘East London Pakistani Taxi Driving Football Team take on Racism and Win’ movie sometime in the not too distant future.

        • sarahsmith232

          Should have wrote – followed by the sequel – ‘East End Pakistani Kebab Shop Employee Football Team take on Racism and Win2’.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Hague has jumped ship despite the EU negotiations being on offer. Gove, Cameron’s most able minister, is sidelined and given a job he is definitely not suited for (his personal popularity figures are really poor) to assist Hague who is deserting the sinking ship. One of Dave’s pals from his SPAD days is sent to Brussels and a bunch of newbies who the public have not a clue about are pushed into the frontline jobs they have little clue about 10 MONTHS before the election.

    Frankly this is nothing more than Cameron’s suicide note in actions.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      That was presaged long ago.

      This latest just tells us how it is the Cameroons want to go down. They want to go down stupid, and with little care for governance, apparently.

    • NBeale

      Gove is very able in terms of formulating a bold reform agenda. But to make it stick you need someone with the charm and skills to carry people in large organisations along with her and he’s not able in that respect at all. Switching now is a smart move.

      • Smithersjones2013

        Are you having a laugh. 10 months before the election. if your scenario was valid she should have been in place 18 months ago! There’s no time now to schmooze it through.

    • Chris Morriss

      As long as Hague hasn’t jumped because something very incriminating about him might just get exposed?

  • The Bellman

    “Implementing equal marriage” – as a minister at Business & Education. Anyone else find that sinister?

    • Smithersjones2013

      Its shall be interesting to see what he does with defining consummation and infidelity ‘equally’ or alternatively whether he bottles it and irrevocably destroys the meaning of marriage completely.

    • Colonel Mustard

      I’m too old to get married again and even if I wasn’t I’d prefer to marry a woman. Will one be able to get an exemption when Boles starts implementing this?

      • the viceroy’s gin

        Well, there’ll be a sliding scale here, taking into account a politically correct departure from stale gender norms, which your proposed spousal candidate (let’s dispense with the archaic “wife” business, shall we?) should demonstrate. Haircut and length. Absence of facial make-up. Androgynous dress. These will all be considered, as we process your state-permitted marriage application. Extra credit given for any potential plural marriage candidates, for the department’s pilot program. .

        • Colonel Mustard

          But will we both have to wear identical green cotton suits and grubby tennis shoes? I’d hate that.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            We are making a great leap forward, and sacrifices must be made.

    • Roger Hudson

      Implementation = ram it down their throats.
      This is a disgusting appointment.

  • Adrian Drummond

    Fraser, how about spending a bit of your day focusing on the more important issue regarding the emergence bill on civil liberties that is being steam-roller-ed through parliament?

    • the viceroy’s gin

      As if these Speccie kids are interested in proper governance… right.

      • Adrian Drummond

        Right; Frazer was bleating endlessly about the loss of press freedom re: Levy but appears to care less about our civil liberties and the expansion of the UK as a surveillance state.

      • Alexandrovich

        They might be, if someone explained ‘proper governance’ to them.

    • HookesLaw

      It does not erode civil liberties. It puts into UK law that which was previously Europe wide and previously agreed by Labour. There is no change to where we have been since 2006.

      • Adrian Drummond

        What total and absolute twaddle; try doing some cursory research online and then you’ll realise just how deluded you and many others appear to be.

      • Lady Magdalene

        It destroys Habeas Corpus and rights we have had since Magna Carta.
        Weasel-faced Cameron talks about celebrating Magna Carta, whilst working to destroy it.

        • gildedtumbril

          Wrong. Common Law is immutable. The English Bill of Rights 1689 cannot be subverted, rescinded, revoked, repealed etc. by filthy statutes and any
          crap from Brussels. That is treason, and…the law still stands, death for treason. Bliar thought he killed that quickly, he did not.

  • Andy

    Cameron sinks in my estimation daily. Why on earth would he move Michael Gove from Education instead of allowing him to continue his work ? Plain daft.

    • Smithersjones2013

      Cameron’s panicking and has gone native. He always postures when all else fails.

      Hague has jumped ship in spite of there being on offer probably the greatest international negotiation in 50 years or more. That should tell you all you need to know. This government is now fake…..

    • Kiltish

      Glad to see political satire alive and well. Are you Michael Rosen in disguise?

      • Wessex Man

        Are you Ed Balls in corsets?

        • HookesLaw

          Are you Nigel Farage after his liquid lunch?

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Are you Anna Soubry fancying to probe Nigel Farage’s backside?

            • Wessex Man

              I had to laugh!

          • Wessex Man

            No are you Anna Soubry after her lemon sherbert?

    • HookesLaw

      The work is done – the next job is to get re-elected. You have the brain the size of a weasel’s. But you are in good company with a load of dim kippers in total lack of awareness mode. Plus of course we see Mr Editor Nelson showing he is as clueless as ever.

      • Andy

        The work is far from done you ignorant moron. The reforms are in no way secure and far too many children still leave school unable to read or write – that is a f*cking disgrace. Why you don’t f*ck off back to the Fascist Guardian where you belong God alone knows. Idiot.

        • Makroon

          And a bored Gove picking pointless squabbles, will ‘help the children’ how exactly ?
          The reforms need time. A velvet glove can be more effective than an iron fist.

          • Andy

            Dealing with Fascist scum like the teaching unions I would have said an iron fist was the only way. These Fascists have picked fights with every single Secretary of State for the last 30 years. It is time they were smashed once and for all.

        • Steve Lloyd

          Seconded.

      • Makroon

        1) According to the Mail Priti Patel is indeed off to the Treasury.
        2) I recall a certain “mind like a steel trap” Fraser Nelson, being recently totally beguiled by the disgusting Blower woman, so let’s not get precious eh, Mr Nelson ?
        3) Nelson’s initial knee-jerk reaction to the reshuffle was deeply patronising to those same female “fine minds”. Does Fraser really think Nicky Morgan will be blown away by the likes of the terminally thick and vindictive Blower ?

      • gildedtumbril

        You insult weasels. A pea brain hardly compares favourably with a weasel.
        As for the parade of assumed toerag totty.They are unqualified except perhaps as roadsweepers.
        Camoron does not even qualify as a halfwit.

  • Adam Carter

    All quotas are likely to lead to the promotion of the ‘less-than-the-most-suitable’.
    Wouldn’t it be good if we had a Prime Minister who said ‘The only things I will consider when forming my team will be talent and industriousness. I will not look at age, race or gender.’
    But it would need a LEADER to say that, and our politicians are mostly followers of Westminster bubble conventional wisdom.

    • John Dalton

      I agree with you but some hope! Cameron worships at the altar of PC and has not a conservative bone in his body. The heir to Blair has to go before the Tory Party has a hope of returning to former glories. Hiring a bunch of know-nothing third raters just because they are women will lead to nothing but further alienating the core vote.

    • Tim Baker

      Have you not noticed that Cameron is a PR man?

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