Friday, April 21, 2006
Why David Cameron Shouldn't Reshuffle His Pack
Tim Montgomerie is already speculating about a Tory Shadow Cabinet reshuffle, after a rather weird little snippet appeared in The Sun's Whip column yesterday. Personally I hope that David Cameron will avoid the mistakes of his three immediate predecessors who seemed to conduct reshuffles whenever they had a boring Saturday night in with the Missus. We can all play 'Fantasy Shadow Cabinets' and everyone will have a view on who should be sacked or promoted. Tim rightly tips Dominic Grieve as the most likely new entrant. He also thinks Liam Fox should be promoted as a sop to the right. I do not. This would mean that Cameron would have to sack or demote Osborne, Davis, Maude or Hague. He just isn't going to do that. Liam would be far better employed restoring the Defence portfolio to the prominence it always used to have. It is one of the top jobs and should be appreciated as such. Frequent reshuffles are destabilising and are rarely successful. Far better for people to be left in the same job for a good period to enable them to get to grips with the brief and develop real policy. They cannot do that if they move jobs every twelve months.