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@UKLabour Owen Smith criticises Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for shadow cabinet elections. He claims it is divisive but doesn’t say how, or why he has said this. What is so bad about this proposal?

September 18, 2016
Owen Smith criticises Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for shadow cabinet elections.
He claims it is divisive but doesn’t say how, or why he has said this.
What is so bad about this proposal?
I.e. a third of shadow cabinet posts are elected by members, a third by MPs and a third chosen by the leader.
Consider them.
Posts selected by member’s would likely be based on popularity, initially, but then member’s would likely look at their suitability e.g. A teacher as Education Minister etc. That couldn’t harm.
Posts selected by MP’s would still allow for a little bit of networking by careerists, hopeful of catching the eye of those looking for the next leader.
Posts selected by the leader would likely be the Senior posts, giving the Leader the confidence of being supported on most major issues, without the danger’s of cronyism, apparent in Cameron’s cabinet.
It is likely that the leader would also select member’s from the other groups, where they had shown proven ability.
Such a set-up would discourage the situation whereby Corbyn, Miliband and Brown were all undermined by MP’s intent on self-advancement.

Controlling quangoes

May 27, 2010

printed (Daily Express) version:

So, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority wants a marketing manager (a lucrative non-job for someone, I’m sure) at a salary of £85,000, something that didn’t escape Ann Widdecombe’s attention.
It’s in the nature of quangos (this one to oversee the system of allowances and salaries for MPs) to create more and more non jobs.
When a quango is set up, the chief executive is invariably paid some astronomical sum, with several layers of staff also enjoying handsome remuneration packages.
Perhaps ministers should set a pay cap and put the positions of boss and chief underlings out to tender so that market forces can decide the budget.


Ann Widdecombe commented on the fact that the newly created Quango intended to administer MP’s expenses, has already advertised a lucrative non-job. Unfortunately it is in the nature of Quango’s to see the need for more and more of such non-jobs. Such sincerely expressed rationalisations as those espoused by Sir Humphrey Appleby, in support of the staff of an empty hospital, are difficult to oppose

At present, when a Quango is set up, it appears that the Quango budget starts from a premise that the going rate for the head of a Quango is about £300,000 p.a. This figure then suggests a certain layering of personnel and the necessary budget for them.

Perhaps when setting up such Quango’s, Ministers should decide on a capped value and put it out for tender, much as school Ofsted teams are tendered for.

With the tendering process, the Minister need only be careful to state exactly what is required of the Quango and then allow market forces to decide the budget.

Such tenders would have to be approved by The Treasury and any Minister who mismanaged the tendering process, allowing a bidder to return begging for more, like many PFI’s appear to be doing, would have to, in turn, beg the Treasury to augment their own budget, which would become liable for any unexpected excesses.