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Ask not what you can do for your leader

The US president can't have it all his own way. He must first seek
approval from Congress before he appoints members to his. For this
reason, cabinet members are far more likely to be specialists in their
field. For all the failures of Bush junior's education policy, he at
least had as his education secretary someone who knew a thing or two
about schools - the aptly named Margaret Spellings.

Gordon Brown, on the other hand, has shamelessly appointed ministers
to shore up his own position. What does Mandelson know about
enterprise - has he owned a business? Has Ed Balls ever been a
teacher? And no wonder the health service is in such trouble when no
one with a health background has run it for 30 years.

All prime ministers have used their excessive powers of patronage to
reward supporters and keep their dissenters quiet, but Blair and Brown
have taken things to a new level. It is time to rein in prime
ministers and require them to seek approval first from Parliament for
cabinet appointments.

The first quesion a beefed up Parliament could ask is not what cabinet
members can do for their party or their leader, but what they can do
for their country. Many of Brown's ministers would have difficulty in
answering that.

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