Saturday, December 02, 2006
The Primrose Set Need to Get a Life
There's an interesting interview with Health Minister Andy Burnham in The Spectator this week. He won their Minister to Watch award recently. In the interview he waxes lyrical about a new generation of Ministers which the media have dubbed the Primrose Hill set. They appear to consist of Andy Burnham himself, David & Ed Miliband, James Purnell and Liam Byrne. Now, what do all these have in common? Well, so far as I know not a single one of them has got any experience outside politics. They're all political apparatchiks turned career politicians. They are all likely to be key players in a Brown administration. Obviously there are career politicians in all parties, but the preponderance of former Ministerial advisers and Labour Party or Trade Union officials now inhabiting the Labour benches and Ministerial offices is way in advance of anything we have seen before. Wouldn't it be nice to think we had a majority of Ministers who had actually achieved something in life, or at least lived a life outside politics?