The idea that Ministers' pay should be cut is fine, as far as it goes. The Guardian speculates this morning that David Cameron might cut the pay of Cabinet and junior ministers by up to 25%. I have a better idea. Instead of doing that - or maybe as well as doing that - let's cut the number of ministers by 25%.
There are around 95 government ministers. Peter Mandelson's department has 11 and the FCO has six. What on earth do they all do? Cutting the number of ministers to 70 would do little harm, and indeed, could do a lot of good.
If you add the PPSs onto the list, the government payroll vote amounts to more than one third of the Parliamentary Labour Party. If David Cameron wants to do something really radical, and reduce the power of the executive he could do far worse than cut the number of ministers.