COMMENT: Reshuffle a mixed bag

South Wales Argus: COMMENT: Reshuffle a mixed bag COMMENT: Reshuffle a mixed bag

DAVID Cameron’s first major reshuffle of his cabinet since the formation of the coalition government is not short of controversy.

The promotion of Jeremy Hunt to health secretary is perhaps the move that has raised the most eyebrows.

Mr Hunt’s handling of the Murdoch empire’s BSkyB bid continues to make headlines and led to the Liberal Democrats refusing to support him in the Commons.

He has been critical of the National Health Service in the past and his appointment is being viewed with suspicion by opponents of the government.

Political commentators seem to be agreed the reshuffle represents the prime minister attempting to placate those on the right wing of his party who are becoming increasingly vocal in their criticism of the coalition.

Time will tell whether or not the changes brought in yesterday will improve Mr Cameron’s poll ratings.

In our view the reshuffle is little more than political tinkering with those ministers responsible for the economy retaining their positions.

Wales, at least, has a Welsh secretary who represents a Welsh constituency.

Tellingly, Clwyd West MP David Jones is the first Welsh secretary to have once been an Assembly member.

We wish him well and hope he concentrates on the economy and education, and builds a strong relationship between Cardiff Bay and Westminster.

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4:29pm Wed 5 Sep 12

dodo777 says...

This will make no differance whats so ever.All tory policies so far has been to take monies off the poorest which I find very cruel and nasty.People are not coping and this out of touch government is causing misery across the country while the rich are raking it in.How about closing loop holes on tax and also start taxing more on the rich who can afford it.Going after the weakest in our society just shows how guttless this government is.So far this austerity is all on the poor.What pay cuts and freezes has been made on mps and ams ?NONE WHATSO EVER.
This will make no differance whats so ever.All tory policies so far has been to take monies off the poorest which I find very cruel and nasty.People are not coping and this out of touch government is causing misery across the country while the rich are raking it in.How about closing loop holes on tax and also start taxing more on the rich who can afford it.Going after the weakest in our society just shows how guttless this government is.So far this austerity is all on the poor.What pay cuts and freezes has been made on mps and ams ?NONE WHATSO EVER. dodo777

9:37pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

Thanks a bundle Master Cameron for the genius move of putting a homophobe, one Maria Miller, who voted against gay adoption rights in place as Equalities Minister. Hardly a beacon of unprejudiced egalitarianism! How do we solve a problem like Maria...?
Thanks a bundle Master Cameron for the genius move of putting a homophobe, one Maria Miller, who voted against gay adoption rights in place as Equalities Minister. Hardly a beacon of unprejudiced egalitarianism! How do we solve a problem like Maria...? Katie Re-Registered

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