Dim Totty Caroline Flint becomes Minister for Housing in the reshuffle made necessary as disgraced minister Peter Hain’s fingertips are prised from his two posts. Yvette Cooper’s reward for screwing up the implementation of Home Information Packs is promotion to be Chief Secretary of the Treasury.
The Select Committee didn’t put it quite like that, of course when they condemned Yvette Cooper’s performance over HIPs. They referred to another failure of delivery, poor preparation and a retreat, decisions..taken on political rather than economic grounds and a failure of nerve. As the wheel comes off the Brown economic chariot – as Brown and Darling dither and back-track over Northern Rock and CGT – all we need is another Treasury minister with a track record of poor preparation and failure of nerve.
Someone has been searching the web for entries about Yvette Cooper – yvette cooper hips blame was one query made today. Mind you, there was a search for caroline flint hips as well – along with caroline flint teeth, caroline flint sex, caroline flint totty and caroline flint naked. As I have observed before, no one ever seems to search for caroline flint brain.
So, the fate of our green and pleasant fields lies in the hands of a woman who is genuinely perplexed when people disagree with her, whilst the Treasury welcomes one best known for failure of delivery.
Meanwhile, Work and Pensions goes to James “Photoshop” Purnell, who carried New Labour truth-tampering to the extreme of having himself edited into a photograph of a line-up from which he was absent. Mind you, if we are reduced to giving Caroline Flint an important ministerial post, perhaps we need a minister able to make himself appear to be in two places at once.