My Cabinet Dream team

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The talk about the increasing possibility of a post- election hung parliament next week, plus Andy Brown’s blogs about his cabinet Dream Team got me thinking. It’s only a bit of fun, but here is my pick of who I would like to see in which post.

PM: Nick Clegg. Just because it would upset the Murdoch-press so much.

Chancellor: Vince Cable. This is the job that’s in charge of our money. We need someone with a bit of elder statesman about him. Plus, he’s a very nice man and he really wants the gig.

Foreign office: David Milliband. Well, Hilary Clinton clearly fancies the pants off him and with an increasing number of women on the global political stage his baby-faced good looks could be handy.

Defence: Gordon Brown. When it comes to a scrap, who better to have wading in on your side than a grumpy Scotsman?

Education: Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper. This is the modern world. They can job share. It’s an area both seem comfortable with and with all those children they ought to know what they’re talking about.

Business: I’m sorry to say it, but Lord Mandelson, a man who’s been kicked back again and again yet still manages to reinvent himself. That’s the kind of tenacity we need in a business secretary. Plus, he’s a man you want on your side rather than against you.

Home: David Cameron. He may want to top job, but doing this one would mean he wouldn’t have to fly off round the world at a moment’s notice. So he could spend more time with his young family, whilst still getting out and about with the populace which is what he’s good at.

Energy: Simon Hughes. He’s experienced, committed and er, energetic. Perfect.

Transport: Margaret Beckett. She understands transport issues from that most beleaguered of view points; that of the committed caravaner. If anyone understands the need for a truly integrated transport policy, she does.

Health: William Hague. For this gig you want someone with a bit of clout, who’s not afraid to speak his mind and cut through some of the management-speak nonsense that clutters-up much of the NHS middle and top-line bureacracy.

Environment: Teresa May. She’s clear and focused and having been the first woman to chair the Tory party, is used to clearing a path (see what I did there?). Plus, she has nice shoes.

There you go. That’s my choice. Some of the reasons might seem a bit frivolous but votes have been cast before for the man with the shiniest shoes and the nicest tie.

Leave a comment to let us know what you think or what your choices are!

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