Simon Wright, the Liberal Democrat MP for Norwich South has been overlooked by David Cameron in his Cabinet reshuffle. He was unavailable for comment yesterday, but was said to be disappointed.
Like all marriages of convenience, the alliance between the Tories and Lib Dems looks set to be heading for the buffers. After Cameron's reshuffle yesterday, many Liberal activists must be wondering what the point of the whole exercise continues to be. We now have a very right-wing government - something which the country certainly didn't vote for in 2010 - with a junior partner so marginalised as to be virtually not there. David Laws, the millionaire fraudster, returns to government as an Education Minister under Michael Gove. I don't know who to feel most sorry for. However, the biggest news regarding the reshuffle was the demotion of Andrew Lansley as Health Secretary, to be replaced by the liar and cockney rhyming slang Jeremy Hunt. It's almost unbelievable - most political commentators think Hunt should have been kicked out of the cabinet after he lied to Parliament over his links to Murdoch, instead of which he's being promoted to one of the most important offices in the country. I'm not sure whether this move is indicative of the paucity of talent within government, or whether Cameron doesn't want to be seen to be acting tough with one of Murdoch's cronies.
No doubt the new Health Secretary received a congratulatory text from James Murdoch.