The commentators 15-07-14
...on Cameron's reshuffle
This reshuffle is mainly symbols and signals. Its purpose is to “show” various things to various constituencies. It is meant to show female voters that the Conservative party is not a woman-free zone: able MPs such as Liz Truss and Esther McVey are likely to rise. It is also meant to show rightwingers that Mr Cameron is willing to give them the time of day.
- Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
There is an unavoidably clunky feel to reshuffles when they are carried out for symbolic purposes. The symbolism is too obvious and is usually without wider significance. This is especially the case in the last reshuffle before an election. The ministers will be in their new posts for less than a year, after which they will be in opposition or part of an even bigger reshuffle following the election.
- Steve Richards, Independent
Only a man would think of talking about a “reshuffle for women”. There’s something so patronising about David Cameron carrying out a “female-friendly” shake-up of his top team. She can’t think of anything more “male, pale and stale” than suggesting that older, more experienced ministers – such as Ken Clarke and William Hague - should be forced out to make way for a clutch of young ladies.
- Rachel Sylvester, The Times
William Hague never seemed to grasp the strategic idea of a foreign policy, and how it should be deployed to establish and shore up Britain’s position of influence in the world. He wasn’t helped, of course, by the fact that the means by which a nation enforces its views – strong armed forces backing up diplomacy – were never available to him, as the Government relentlessly ran down the three services.
- Simon Heffer, Daily Mail
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