"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Thursday, October 16, 2008

UK Government does more mean less ?

From a diverse range of sources it appears that the Brown Gubment payroll has swelled even more ..

1.There are now 121 ministers, whips or law officers.

2. The eager beaver crew has also got bigger Paul Waugh says ( adding in 5 backbenchers with titles as regional ministers' assistants and 2 who are "government representatives" (ie, "envoys"), 44% of the all Labour MPs have an official government post of some kind.

3. After his shuffle the Brown Cabinet has 23 members ...another 10 ministers have the right to attend on some or all occasions.

4. Canny Scot at saving the bawbees Brown has secured the services of 13 ministers or whips working without a ministerial salary.

The indefatigable and glamorous Torygraph hackette Rosa Prince ( see pic) tells us she has been truffling around the 15 members of the 2001 Labour intake who signed the letter calling for Tony Blair to shuffle off his immortal coil and let Gordy take on the heavy responsibilities of state.

Well their loyalty has been rewarded ;
Chris Bryant - Parliamentary Secretary, Office of the Leader of the House of Commons
Tom Watson - Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office (described by Tony as "disloyal, discourteous and wrong" for signing the letter urging him to go.)
Sion Simon - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Wayne David - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Wales Office
Ian Lucas - Assistant Government Whip
Hywel Francis - Chairman, Welsh Affairs Select Committee
Mark Tami - Assistant Government Whip
Kevan Jones - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence
Mark Lazarowicz - Special representative of the Prime Minister on carbon trading working with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Ann McKechin - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Scotland Office - and one time romatically linked with Kelvinside MP Gorgeous George Galloway.

Chris Mole - Assistant Government Whip

Which leaves Khalid Mahmood, ***Jim Sheridan, David Wright, David Hamilton still waiting for the phone to ring.
*** he took the seat from geoff (now unbelievably Lord Rooker) who sponsors the Improving The Prospects Of People Living In Areas Of Multiple Deprivation In England and he chairs the chairs the Project Advisory Group a member of which is Sukhvinder Kaur Stubbs (Oxford First) who is the Director of the Barrow-Cadbury Trust (and a Sikh)- she is also a member of the regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands . She also stood against Mr Khalid ( a community development officer ) as a Labour Party candidate and lost amongst tales of vote rigging and was said in scurrilpous articles to be a bedmate of the noble Lord.

Labour's Perry Barr branch executive committee voted to continue campaigning to have the selection of Khalid (a Kashmiri Muslim) over-turned and to force an investigation into an unusually large number of postal votes cast in Mr Mahmood's favour.

Almost half the 290 members in Handsworth ward, a Mahmood stronghold, applied for a postal vote - a virtually unprecedented percentage in constituency selection meetings.
Pre-election complaints against Mahmood included his sudden disappearance from Birmingham for over a year shortly after first being elected city councillor, and the mysterious and unexplained collapse of the council-backed British Kashmiri Association with huge debts in 1994.
see also Khalid Mahmood: A long-term embarrassment for Labour
Mr Mahmood is probably not ministerial material under Gordon. But watch out for the rise and rise of Sukhvinder Kaur Stubbs (pic)

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