25th July 2019
James Gillray’s Charon’s Boat—or—the Ghosts of “all the Talents” taking their last voyage, 1807 (source: Wikipedia)
“It was very good of God to let Carlyle and Mrs Carlyle marry one another, and so make only two people miserable instead of four.”
– Samuel Butler
Many will have Very Strong Opinions about the new Cabinet, but from the non-partisan perspective of policy, it seems weak.
Given that the current governing party has been in power for nine years, such policy and ministerial inexperience is perhaps remarkable.
In terms of policy and ministerial experience, the new Cabinet seems like one of an incoming party from a spell of opposition.
Some will say that Michael Gove was successful at implementing policy at Education and DEFRA (and her certainly had potential as a Justice secretary, had Brexit not intervened), but he appears not to have been given a departmental job.
And the appointment of Robert Buckland at Justice is a good one, and he has been a good junior minister.
As someone said on Twitter, perhaps this is not a bad thing.
If there is to be bad or vile public policy, it is better to be in the hands of incompetents rather than competents.
There was once an administration known as the “Ministry of All the Talents” (though it did not last long).
This is the opposite: we now have the Ministry of All the Talentless.
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