Secretary of State to be downsized?

Interesting addendum to Tom’s story on the possible establishment an Office of Secretary of State for the Regions. Rosa Prince has some Westminster village pump gossip that Shaun Woodward is too Tory for Gordon Brown and may be downsized and out of the cabinet, when the re-organisation eventually comes.

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  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Secretary of State for the Regions is a ‘politally incorrect’ term in that it does reflect the fact that non iron has a constitutional link with ROI – non iron should therefore not be classified with Wales, Sctoland.

    It is also a ‘politically incorrect’ term in that it will upset Republican/Nationlalist green sensitivities.

    Perhaps a secretary of state for ‘Colonial land in transtion to rightful owners’ may be more apposite, or perhaps in keeping with the GFA/STA
    the office should have 2 names 1 for United Kingdomers and 1 for United Irelanders.

  • Sir Herbert Mercer

    I’m not sure why Wales,Scotland and NI even need a Secretary of state at all.

    We don’t need one for Yorkshire, Cornwall or the West Midlands.

    Even London has some sort of legislative autonomy without a special secretary of state.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Herbie goes Bananas,

    In the case of Non Iron it is being handed back to its rightful owners under the cover of devolution – that might be one reason.

    But in the case of the others you might just have hit on something there.