Ever wished you could just wave your hand and do a Jedi mind-trick on someone? Well if anyone has managed to succeed, can they please do something about David Cameron?
This morning, Twitter was going BANANAS about the Government Reshuffle. The first piece of news I heard was amazing – Michael Gove was gone! The Education Secretary was being demoted to the Chief Whip. No longer would he be able to fuck around with the education of the future generations. His ideological stance hasn’t been popular with teachers, and he was a goner.
Then other bits of news starting coming in. Gove’s replacement would be Nicky Morgan, currently the Minister for Women. More women in Government is to be commended, but Morgan will still be Minister for Women, at the same time as Secretary of State for Education. AND she’s been given an expanded portfolio as the Minister for Equalities role has been combined with the Women’s minister role. So Morgan will be doing three jobs in one. Three quite large jobs. Add to this the fact that Morgan voted AGAINST Equal Marriage, and we’ve got a messy situation. I’m even beginning to think she’s deliberately been set up to fail.
I am a cynic, I admit it.
I don’t trust the Tories, either.
Cameron has been accused of being surrounded by his Eton cronies since he became Prime Minister in 2010. Everyone has said that there are not enough women in Parliament, and not enough women in the Cabinet. So in what is probably the final major reshuffle before the General Election in 2015, Cameron finally promotes a number of women.
Does it matter why he has done it though? Maybe. Maybe not. I am more concerned with the ramifications of giving ministers too much work to do.
I don’t think any one person can manage the portfolio of three others and come out looking like a winner.
There’s also the representational element to look at. Morgan is a privately educated, white, cis-gendered, heterosexual (anti- Same-sex marriage) woman. She’s more than qualified to represent women, and I wouldn’t want to try to suggest she shouldn’t be doing that. I do question the ability of someone who hasn’t been through the state education system, trying to manage it. I question someone who doesn’t believe in equal rights for all being responsible for Equality issues in government.
I question why, knowing these facts, the Prime Minister has promoted her to this mammoth task.
She isn’t the only questionable appointment, either.
Philip Hammond becomes Foreign Secretary. Hammond is most definitely a Euro-sceptic.
Priti Patel joins Treasury team. Patel is pro-Capital Punishment.
Ken Clarke is out. He’s famously pro-European.
Stephen Crabb becomes Minister for Wales. He’s kinda anti-devolution [But he’s got a beard, and that’s important apparently. Also he’s handsome. Allegedly]
This whole reshuffle seems slightly askew. We are still in the shadow of the UKIP gains in the Regional and Euro Elections.
Much surge. Such right. And just before the General Election…
I’ve got a bad feeling about this.