LDV Weekend Meme: fantasy liberal cabinet

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2009

Okay, so here’s a parlour game full of fun and frolics for all the family – name your top Lib Dem (or predecessor parties) MPs, living or dead, to fill your dream liberal cabinet. Here’s the tougher criterion: your choices must also be team players, capable of hanging together rather than separately, rather than simply brilliantly egotistical individuals (hence my exclusion of Winston Churchill, for example). Feel free to suggest their perfect cabinet positions.

My attempt is below. I’ve doubtless missed out some obvious choices, and misplaced some I’ve chosen. But, still, I can’t help feeling my fantasy liberal cabinet would do a better job than the current one … or the next one, for that matter.

Henry Campbell-Bannerman – Prime Minister
Vincent Cable – Chancellor of the Exchequer
Nick Clegg – Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Roy Jenkins – Home Secretary
Menzies Campbell – Justice
William Beveridge – Work & Pensions
David Lloyd George – Health
Jo Grimond – Education
Chris Huhne – Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
David Steel – Energy and Climate Change
Archibald Sinclair – Transport
Paddy Ashdown – Defence
Shirley Williams – International Development
David Penhaligon – Communities and Local Government
Charles Kennedy – Constitutional Affairs
Jeremy Thorpe – Culture, Media and Sport
David Laws – Chief Secretary to the Treasury

As is customary with the LDV Weekend memes, I’m tagging all Lib Dem bloggers – but especially those who appeared in the most recent Golden Dozen: Mark Littlewood, Stephen Glenn, Mark Valladares, Helen Duffett, Jonathan Wallace, ‘Grumpy Old Liberal’, Andy Darley, ‘Costigan Quist’, Jennie Rigg, Millennium Elephant and David Matthewman.

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Actually you’ve picked a few people who would have been my first choices for the jobs.

Off to do a reshuffle…….and to give Shirley a big promotion:-)

by Caron on June 28, 2009 at 5:07 pm. Reply #

You’ve missed out Business and whatever else accompanies it this week. 😛

by Thomas on June 28, 2009 at 5:17 pm. Reply #

Gladstone seems to be missing. Northern Ireland, perhaps?

by Herbert Brown on June 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm. Reply #

Surely Asquith and Harcourt deserve top jobs – the exchequer and home office, say?

by Rosebery on June 28, 2009 at 5:40 pm. Reply #

What about Mark Oaten?

by john zims on June 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm. Reply #

Secretary of State for extreme Sports????

by shirley on June 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm. Reply #

“Must be team players”

Lloyd George ??????

And where’s Henry Du Pre Labouchere?

by crewegwyn on June 28, 2009 at 6:45 pm. Reply #

Where’s Winston?

by Andrew Duffield on June 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm. Reply #

Ooh fun. Churchill at Defence would be fine, perhaps. Spoilt for choice at Foreign Office, though. Paddy, Ming, Shirley… Would devilishly love to see Mill struggle with Education…

by Lonely Wonderer on June 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm. Reply #

Serious lack of females, you’ve got right there…

by Betty on June 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm. Reply #

to put David Laws above John Maynard Keynes is certainly in the realms of fantasy, without meaning any denigration of our current incumbent.

And Conrad Russell is a must, even without a defined portfolio, if necessary

by ian roebuck on June 29, 2009 at 1:18 am. Reply #

Campbell Bannerman as PM? Well, he was certainly the least offensive Liberal PM…. I think the public would vote for someone a bit more controversial though? I’m sure they’d love the Lord Palmerston drama

by Robson on June 29, 2009 at 1:40 am. Reply #

Sorry, I think you’d have to have Paddy as PM – someone would need to control the egos in the cabinet and who better?!

I’d go for Ming at Defence, Jo Grimond at the Scottish Office, and I’d create a new Cabinet level Secretary of State for Europe with CK there.

by KL on June 29, 2009 at 9:20 am. Reply #

Conrad Russell as work and pensions spokesman

by john on June 29, 2009 at 9:39 am. Reply #

secretary I mean!

by john on June 29, 2009 at 9:40 am. Reply #

Done: http://miss-s-b.dreamwidth.org/928683.html Never let it be said that I don’t respond to tags.

by Jennie on June 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm. Reply #

I’m amused – my fantasy cabinet is whoever our current front bench is, and it’s gradually getting closer to reality by the day!

by Oranjepan on June 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm. Reply #

“your choices must also be team players, capable of hanging together rather than separately, rather than simply brilliantly egotistical individuals (hence my exclusion of Winston Churchill, for example). ”

Bollocks.

by Paul Walter on June 29, 2009 at 9:10 pm. Reply #

http://tinyurl.com/liberalfantasy

I’m expecting at least a 500 page justification of that crass, ridiculous tossing aside of Churchill. Just mind-blowingly stupid from someone who went to Oxford!

by Paul Walter on June 29, 2009 at 9:51 pm. Reply #

Here’s my stab at it though there are too many people for too few places.

Prime Minister – H.H Asquith

Leader of the House of Commons – Shirley Williams

Chancellor of the Exchequer – John Maynard Keynes

Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Vince Cable

Secretary of State for Health – David Lloyd George

Secretary of State for Education – Nick Clegg

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – Menzies Campbell

Secretary of State for the Home Department – William Beveridge.

Secretary of State for Defence – Paddy Ashdown

Secretary of State for Transport – Archibald Sinclair

Secretary of State for Equality – Lady Violet Bonham Carter/Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Secretary of State for Business – Richard Cobden

Secretary of State for Justice
Lord President of the Council – John Stuart Mill

Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs – Roy Jenkins

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Jo Swinson

Secretary of State for International Development – Susan Kramer

Secretary of State for Human Rights – Jeremy Thorpe

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – Julia GOldsworthy

Secretary of State for Children – Veronica Linklater

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – David Steel

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Conrad Russell, 5th Earl Russell

Secretary of State for Devolution – William Gladstone

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – Clement Freud

Secretary of State for Europe – Charles Kennedy

Leader of the House of Lords – Baroness Rosalind Scott

Minister Without Portfolio – Jo Grimond

European Commisioner – Winston Churchill

Minister for the New Technology – Tim Berners-Lee

by shilpa on June 29, 2009 at 11:18 pm. Reply #

“Secretary of State for Devolution – William Gladstone”

Nice for you to give him another stab at it, Shilpa! Warf! Warf!

by Paul on June 30, 2009 at 11:11 am. Reply #

If this is an ideal cabinet, can we have Universities back please, taking it back from Mandelson’s uber-department?

by Alex on July 1, 2009 at 8:30 pm. Reply #

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