Monday, November 14, 2005

Fantasy Cabinet

All over the Tory Blogosphere, the new game for DC supporters is to construct his cabinet. Over on ConservativeHome Goldie summarises:

"Time to start thinking about the composition of the Shadow Cabinet. This is actually rather important. If the Conservatives want to win, we need to present a very unified party, with a number of intelligent, obviously competent and pleasant personalities in the frontlines with the inexperienced Cameron.

There are just about enough qualified people to fill a decent team: veterans like Davis, Hague, IDS, Rifkind and new talent like Fox, Chris Grayling and others."

So it's Davis to remain at Home Affairs, Hague for Shadow Chancellor, and Doc remaining Shadow Foreign Sec? Ah, but what about Ken? Or why not- you'll like this- why not bring back the Vulcan?

"The man for the big Shadow Chancellor's job is John Redwood. Let's take the fight to Brown and Blair with the most intelligent and articulate member of the Commons as our new 'big beast - slim version'. If we can win the intellectual case then the election is won. DC himself said we need an intellectual revoution to match Thatcher and Keith Joseph. Joseph is similar in many ways to Redwood."

Welllll...apart from the fact that Maggie never made the Monk her Shadow Chancellor, somehow I don't see there being a similar affinity between DC and JR.

All this is more wishful thinking of course. A man who has fought the leadership election on a "modernisation" platform, and has studiedly avoided any job commitments, is not about to dredge up a load of has-been fairweather friends tarred with the brush of past failures.

No. George stays with the Treasury, Ed for the Home Office, and Gove for Shadow Foreign.

Because DC can't refuse his chums their well-earned appointments simply by arguing they lack experience. They only have to utter the magic words:

'I think the real answer to the experience question is do you know what needs to be done? Have you learned the lessons from the last eight years? And if the answer to that question is “yes” that's much more important than the length of experience you have.'

It's all uncomfortably reminiscent of that old Mike Yarwood line from his wide-eyed impression of a new, inexperienced, and wildly unworldly President Jimmy Carter: "If you got half a mind to be President, that's all you need".

And we all remember how that ended.


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