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  •  Jeremy Hunt (15+ / 0-)

    Remember him? He was the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Support, who was widely expected to be fired because he was too close to Murdoch.

    He left the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in the cabinet reshuffle today. Cameron promoted him to Secretary of State for Health (to supervise a much larger and more important area of government activity). As someone has already remarked, if the National Health Service hospital's do not already provide Murdoch's Sky TV to patients, they soon will.

    There is no man alive who is sufficiently good to rule the life of the man next door to him. Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris, M.P.

    by Gary J on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 12:00:20 PM PDT

    •  Not too far off (11+ / 0-)

      patients in NHS hospitals often have to use metered televisions and feed in credits to view, an established practice since Labour built so many new hospitals under expensive "public/private initiatives". In one case the company had the former Health Secretary Andrew Landsley do a short video introduction. Unfortunately they programmed thir system so it ended up being on continuous loop so patients had to subscribe to shut him up.

      Hunt was in charge of "Culture, Media, Sports and the Olympics". Although the BSkyB bid is off the table, his replacement might be involved in any OfCom "fit and proper person" decisions on whether News Corp can have any holdings in any UK TV company.

      Anybody have any background on Maria Miller the new CMSO minister?

      Continuing on a TV near you; "The Magical Mitt Sorry Tour (Underpants Edit)"

      by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 12:14:20 PM PDT

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    •  Good reason to promote Jeremy Hunt? (3+ / 0-)
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      Promoting Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt instead of firing him may not be a failure to penalize a corrupt politician who was found misbehaving.

      It could be simply that Hunt knows too much, and this is the price Prime Minister Cameron is paying to keep his damn mouth shut.

      •  lots of people (3+ / 0-)

        saying that Hunt must have something big on Cameron. my personal feeling was that Cameron had invested much personal political capital on Hunt,  and so wasnt going to be able to just sack him. sacking or demoting him would not be an option,  as it would suggest incompetence on Camerons part back in the Murdoch days. he couldnt leave him there not with the leveson report technically reporting to that minister,DCMS is a relatively low powered ministry, so the only way out was promotion.

        Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

        by ceebs on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 06:36:08 PM PDT

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        •  Subtle. so Hunt looses veto power over Leveson (1+ / 0-)
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          ....but gets to run NHS [into the ground]?

          IANASHMQ or what ever you uk ppl call yourself, but I am guessing that the health minister depends on and is more controlled by the PM, permanent sec of cabinet, civil servants, as so much specialized knowledge is required and so much of the economy and the govt's future in next election depends on it.....while media affairs, well as we saw with bskyb, you can leave that to the SPAD who had no background in monopolies.

          Minister of health must have more handlers, too. his/her chauffeur would never drop him off at the wrong entrance to a public event, i bet.
          Does Jeremy still get to bicycle now that he only has to be healthy and not sporty ;)

          "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

          by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 11:54:52 AM PDT

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          •  Well (2+ / 0-)
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            The maximium number of SPADs a department has (unless its the PM, or Chancellor or deputy PM is 2

            The two health ones are on Pay band 3, one earning £68k, the other £74k

            CMS has two, one in pay band 2 one in pay band 1, so at maximum one earns £54k and the other £58k, (beyond that their pay would have to be declared, and it isn't)

            The civil servants will have specialised knowledge, but its possible that the SPADs don't, after all they are in effect Gofers and fall guys for the minister, as we saw with adam smith, and are political appointees, (who are gaining experience before becoming MPs)

            Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

            by ceebs on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 05:14:05 PM PDT

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            •  What about civil servants more there? nt (1+ / 0-)
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              Maybe the Tories learned a lesson from Adam Smith ha ha.
              Spads are best left as Gofers, old style, at the xerox machine and the landline.

              "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

              by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 06:06:01 PM PDT

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              •  hugely (2+ / 0-)
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                more. the health department is probably the biggest emoyer in Wesstern Europe., and technically all of its admin staff and management are civil servants.

                Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

                by ceebs on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 03:32:53 AM PDT

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                •  OT, MI alert: DAGreen tweets x 2 (1+ / 0-)
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                  NI trying to limit civil suits, now. DAG says may backfire.
                  Up soon on DAG. Daniel Morgan murder.
                  and now those who stayed through the entire roll call to Wyoming are catching some extra shut eye.
                  Good morning BST.

                  "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

                  by BlueStateRedhead on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 04:04:08 AM PDT

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    •  Soon we'll hear "Heckuva job Jere" (1+ / 0-)
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      "I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards any one." (Edith Cavell)

      by Southcoast Luna on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 04:51:47 PM PDT

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