Monday, February 23, 2009

Cameron Should Avoid Too Many Reshuffles

Paul Waugh has got a tad over-excited by a speech at the weekend by David Freud, who has recently becomes an adviser on welfare reform to the Tory Party, having spent the last year advising Labour. Waugh concentrates on his comments about the recession, but I was more interested in the explanation of his decision to jump ship. Freud said...
It was not a very hard decision. I had been writing a reform of the welfare system for two years and wanted to see it through. My one-year contract with Labour was up in February and I had done the job I had been asked to do. But it is a difficult project to do in three years. In my time as an advisor I had three secretaries of state and five ministers of welfare. How can you run something which is so difficult and complicated with that kind of change?

Let that be a warning to David Cameron. The worst thing that can happen to a government department is to have a succession of different ministers within a short space of time. It means the department lacks direction and leadership. Obviously changes are sometimes inevitable, but David Cameron needs to learn from Freud's experience and resist the temptation to play musical chairs with his Ministers every year.

4 comments:

strapworld said...

Quite correct Iain.

In a previous life we had to deal with a different Home Secretary for six years!

Quite ridiculous. Make sure, Mr Cameron, if you do win the election you place round pegs in round holes. ESPECIALLY as Chancellor of the Exchequer!

Jimmy said...

So nothing to do with being offered a peerage then?

frankowenspaintbrush said...

Hear hear - doing something as rash as having three shadow home secretaries in a 12-month period is really dumb, for example.

Jimmy said...

He makes an excellent case against changing governments.