I should like to think that John Major’s attack is a sympton of the establishment washing its hands of Tony Blair, as the US extablishment once backed away from Joe McCarthy after worshipping him.
I hold the deeply unfashionable view that John Major was the best Prime Minister in my lifetime, out of a deeply depressing bunch. I was born in 1958.
Assuming you might find that thought surprising, I might surprise you further by my solution in a little fantasy game – compiling the best possible Cabinet from current parliamentarians.
Prime Minister Malcolm Rifkind
Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Mackinlay
Chancellor Kenneth Clarke
Foreign Secretary Charles Kennedy
Home Secretary Simon Hughes
Defence Secretary Jeremy Corbyn
Education Sarah Teather
Health Hilary Benn
DFID Baroness Chalker
Trade and Industry David Davis
Environment and Rural Affairs Alistair Carmichael
Lord Chancellor Lord Phillips of Sudbury
Transport and Communications Dai Davies
Chief Secretary John Redwood
Work and Pensions Vince Cable
Energy and Climate Change Alan Whitehead
That’s enough of a Cabinet to be going on with, and organised differently to the current and shadow ones. No, I’m not joking. Dai Davies’ key task would be to renationalise the mail and railways. You can guess my reasoning on the others, if you can stop spluttering.