A trend running through the general commentary on the Maria Miller affair, has been why have we a “culture” minister in the first place, it is an unnecessary dept.
A recent HOC select committee report said that a third of all MPs or PPS would have ministerial status, the report suggested that 70 – 80 was sufficient and that from MPs.
The increase has been relentless over the last few parliaments and as again the report states those holding these posts will toe the party line to a fault.
It also begs the question that apart from being “good party” members and getting a hand up the greasy pole, what else is in it for them?
The answer is increased remuneration, so not only are large numbers of ‘non jobs’ created, but the overall wage bill for parliament goes up and can be seen as a way of giving people a pay rise without having to explain anything.
So it serves a purpose for the government but no one else.
Therefore, small govt is another pledge we can forget about: