7th September 2012 08:40
Time to reshuffle ideas not just Ministers
David Cameron has now completed his cabinet reshuffle. While the top figures remain, there are over fifty appointments and 29 ministers have departed.
Pirate Party UK Leader commented:
There are some worrying signs in this reshuffle: it's more about Westminster squabbles than what's good for the country.
The new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's support for homeopathy and apparent support for ideas which undermine the principle of free universal healthcare is worrying. This vital role must be guided by evidence and what is effective for the NHS. The chief qualification that Chris Grayling the new Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor has is to be able to 'talk tough'. He has no legal background. The government should be reaffirming its commitment to civil liberties, not appeasing forces that see human rights and the court system as a problem to be overcome.
The arrival of Maria Miller at DCMS presents an opportunity. It is time for her to act boldly and put the Digital Economy Act out of its misery. DCMS must start acting in the interests of culture and the digital economy as a whole, not just a narrow group of industry lobbyists. There are plenty of practical steps. Miller should push forward on common sense updates to IP policy in the Hargreaves review, and ensure that the recommendations of the Henley Cultural Education in England review are being implemented. She will also need to be strong and make the case to the treasury that current broadband plans will not work without more investment.
We are still in a deep economic hole, it's time for imagination. It's time for new ideas, not just new people."
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