Sunday, 11 December 2011

Cabinet Dissent

It is claimed that a few members of the Cabinet, including Nick Clegg MP (styled Deputy Prime Minister), is not in concordance over the Prime Minister's action at the Euro-Summit on Friday.

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP, a Liberal, has declared his dismay.

Timothy Belmont is unimpressed at the stance of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke MP, a senior Conservative. He should have known better and if he cannot accept the new Position on the EU, perhaps he ought to consider his own position.

I was always taught that a fundamental principle of the Cabinet is collective responsibility.

Implicit in that principle is the notion that any member who feels unable to agree with the Cabinet resigns.

In past times, it was utterly inconceivable that any Cabinet minister would have publicly expressed their disagreement, let alone criticism of their prime minister.

I can see why the Liberal members of the Cabinet are unhappy with the way matters have gone in the EU.

I find it harder to forgive Mr Clarke, a committed "Europhile", who ought to resign from his position. Or he must be dismissed.

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