The UK Cabinet shuffle is not complete yet nor announced but there have already been some revelations and plenty of predictions as to who will go where, and who will get "the boot" Cameron and Osborne will of course be going nowhere. In some ways they have that relationship that Tony Blair, as PM, and Gordon Brown, as Chancellor, had. Theirs may be more affable but they need each other, at least politically. With a long standing relationship dating back to public school days they will sink or swim together.
George Osborne though should heed the people. He was booed by the crowd, almost as a pantomime villain, when he was at the Paralympics to present medals. His Party after all ar trying 6o strip disable people in the UK of self respect and welfare entitlements.
The reshuffle is a way that Cameron can stamp his mark on the Coalition and show that he is in control. The fact that Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Gove have declined proposed changes for them challenges that authority.
Duncan Smith as Minister for Works and Pensions has been at the forefront of damaging changes to the welfare budget. Michael Gove, as Education Minister, has been seen as responsible for changes in examination grading and creating more Free schools in the UK. Both men have opted to stay in these posts. It is not known whether they wanted a move or were being pushed by Cameron. Either way, they are going nowhere just yet. In time with a general election they will hopefully be going, full stop.
Andrew Lansley as Minister for Health is one person that many would like to see "elbowed out" However as most of the damaging and destructive NHS reform is his plan, he is ticking around, it seems. He will no doubt stay to carry on tearing apart the NHS paving the way for more privatisation.
There is no surprise that Party Chairman Baroness Warsi is being moved. It was widely expected that her days were numbered. She had faced allegations of expenses wrongdoing in recent months and all too often spoke inappropriately causing offence.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is on the move. He has been given what is some ways sounds a created role to keep him in work. He will become a "Minister without Portfolio" and take on a "roving economic brief". What a farce!
The man is well past retirement age but Clarke is one of the few in the current government who has an established track record. As part of the Thatcher era some would say he was a successful Chancellor who led the UK back into prosperity. He and Chancellor Osborne are said to be "buddies" and like minded so it must be a case of "jobs for the boys"
For a government that wanted to include more women in leading roles it is performing badly. Along with Warsi, Caroline Spelman has lost her role as environment secretary and Justine Greenham is expected to lose her transport role.
Andrew Mitchell will replace Patrick McLoughlin as Chief Party Whip. There is still speculation that William Hague and Theresa May will survive. As Theresa May has been at the forefront of so may "cockups" that is surprising news
Other changes could involve Jeremy Hunt. There is also speculation that the Lib Dem who previously resigned his post, David Laws will be making a comeback. Of curse those who are going will leave posts to be filled.
Updates will follow once the full details are announced.
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