The current government is a sinking ship. And by the looks of the reshuffle that went on yesterday there is absolutely no evidence at all that Dave and his friend the Chancellor's disastrous first couple of years. So to cut down on potential waffle and ranting I'm going to list my thoughts on the matter.
1. How did George Osbourne keep his job? I would have felt sorry for almost anyone else in the world getting booed at the Olympic stadium earlier this week. But his naievety in turning up there and expecting to be applauded for having a hand in making so many people's lives difficult was incredible. George Osbourne is a shit Chancellor, no-one in the country appears to trust him, he sends juniors to be lynched on Newsnight and he's smarmy on top of being crap at his job. So why did Dave keep him in that job?
2. Jeremy Hunt. Idiot. Can't believe he didn't have the humility to resign a few months ago when he was proven to be at best either extremely naïve - far too naïve to be a minister of anything, or at worst Murdoch's key man in the government. Well he's been promoted to Health Secretary, and the bloke who was making a mess of the NHS (though it's debateable how much he approved of the policies of his own department) has been sacked.
3. Ian Duncan Smith and William Hague. Two failed leaders of the Tory party both stay where they are in powerful positions. Duncan Smith stays at the head of the DWP - that lovely department which is the driving force behind the various with hunts on the disabled and poor. Would love to see what would happen if he is asked to present some medals at the Games.
4. The Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, has been replaced. She was absolutely against expansion of Heathrow - a massive issue which is worrying hundreds of thousands of Londoners. As much as I hate to agree with BoJo, I happen to agree that her removal signals a(nother) U-Turn in Tory policy. And a scary one, especially where there are at least two other viable options for expanding London's aviation capacity.
5. Kenneth Clarke - don't agree with a lot of what he says, him being a Tory and all, but he was the most experienced and central, politically speaking in the government. Now he is minister withough portfolio his influence is reduced somewhat, the the whole cabinet appears to have shifted to the right. Which can't work in a coalition with a left of centre party, and doesn't reflect popular opinion.
I happen to think that the most useless member of the government is the PM himself. Indecisive, unfeeling, completely out of touch with the real world and far too interested in soundbites and PR, he has proven himself to be a crap judge of character and a rubbish leader. PMQs are an embarassment, and he switches loyalty as and when he feels like it.
The best reshuffle would have started with his own resignation, a new election, and an elected government - Tory or not - but a government with a mandate from the people to make the changes the people want. Not this half arsed coalition led by Dave and Nick. It just isn't working. And won't start working now.