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    See above.

    Considering that he doesn't appear to be popular at all with the Armed Forces, seems to be lacking a spine, was a former Marxist and has denied the need for more chinhooks to be bought for Afghanistan.

    Does this man even care enough about the armed forces to hold such a post, has he the credentials that you would expect from a SoS in their department and do you expect SoS's in general to have a genuine interest in their department rather than that of career progression?

    Personally I think he's useless and only in the position he is in because he won't provide much opposition to Brown.
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    He seems a bit thick to me.

    He shouldn't be anywhere near the job.
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    The Ministry of defence call him Bon Aintworth. He is far t stupid to be doing such an important job.
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    Why did John Hutton go again?
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    The problem is, after you've been in government for so long, you've been through almost all of the vaguely acceptable ministers. There's only so many Labour MPs who have half a brain, aren't too young, aren't ancient or haven't disgraced themselves.

    Yes, I'd say he's a bit rubbish. But there are worse out there.

    Bring back John Reid. At least people were scared of him. He was a defence force in himself.
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    He has a 'tash and if that doesn't scream out of touch I don't know what does.
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    Seems to be a complete vacuum of worthy ministers after the summers resignations. Andy Burnham at Health was a surprise too
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    (Original post by L i b)
    The problem is, after you've been in government for so long, you've been through almost all of the vaguely acceptable ministers. There's only so many Labour MPs who have half a brain, aren't too young, aren't ancient or haven't disgraced themselves.
    This ^^^

    The other problem is that the current PM is a micro-manager. Ministers do not have what they should have, and that is policy responsibility for their areas. They always have to clear it with Number 10 (as opposed to "co-ordinating" with number 10).

    I don't buy the "strong leader" disciplinarian style of leadership. Personally I'd rather see a PM who was willing to give competent ministers a free reign on policy development and genuinely be accountable for that, rather than having the debacle of things like the gurkas. Did anyone believe Phil Woolas as immigration minister had any flexibility to make concessions without the PM's approval?
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    (Original post by DeeDub)
    He has a 'tash and if that doesn't scream out of touch I don't know what does.
    That's true.
 
 
 
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