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Brown’s big government

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Lovers of small government may not like this.

Perhaps Gordon Brown’s government reshuffleshould have come with a health warning!

  • There are now 121 ministers, whips or law officers.
  • There were 106 members of the government when Margaret Thatcher formed her first government in 1979 and 112 when Tony Blair formed his in 1997.
  • Winston Churchill managed to fight the Nazis and defend the free world with just 74 ministers in his government.
  • There are 154 Labour MPs who have an official job of some description. That’s 44% of the PLP.
  • 11 of the 15 members of the 2001 intake who signed a letter calling for Blair to quit have now got a government job or a select committee chairmanship. (Looking after the boys.)
  • Peter Mandelson, Stephen Carter and Paul Myners are already fulfilling their ministerial duties even though they haven’t taken their seats in the Lords. (Not even Members of Parliament yet – elected or unelected.)

Yet the biggest government in post war history is proving to be spectacularly ineffective in preventing the FTSE falling below 4000 for the first time in five years!

Via Guido Fawkes.

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Written by curly

October 10, 2008 at 9:51 am

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