by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2007
Well, not too bad. Five ‘direct hits’ (right person, right job) and 12 ‘indirect hits’ (in the cabinet, but in a different job).
Caroline Flint, Hilary Armstrong, Lord Kinnock and Liam Byrne were the ones I tipped for the top who didn’t make it.
Prime Minister: Gordon Brown
Deputy PM: Jack Straw No-one appointed (though is Straw de facto)
Chancellor: Alastair Darling
Alan Johnson Jacqui Smith (well, no-one else saw that one coming either)
Justice Minister: Jack Straw
Foreign Secretary: David Miliband
Caroline Flint Alan Johnson (a safe choice)
Hilary Benn Ed Balls (children and skills) and John Denham (university and skills) – I’ll be interested to see how long it is before Balls’ tone-deaf touch lands the Government in hot water.
Work & Pensions:
James Purnell Peter Hain
Hazel Blears James Purnell
Peter Hain Des Browne (a lucky survivor)
Douglas Alexander Hilary Benn
John Denham Douglas Alexander (who will combine running Labour’s election campaign with promoting the interests of the Third World. Hmmm.)
Trade & Industry Secretary:
Hilary Armstrong John Hutton
Leader of the Lords:
Lord Kinnock Baroness Ashton (shame, it would have been fun to see Neil back in the thick of things).
Communities & Local Government:
Hazel Blears Ruth Kelly
Jacqui Smith Des Browne, Peter Hain, Shaun Woodward (A mistake, I thought, not to bring these roles together.)
John Hutton Hazel Blears
Commons Leader: Harriet Harman
Chief Secretary to the Treasury:
Ed Balls Andy Burnham
Andy Burnham Geoff Hoon
Duchy of Lancaster: Ed Miliband
Without portfolio: Liam Byrne