Paterson on stand by for Defence?

I know Liam Fox is in the job, and rumours of his immanent departure may be exaggerated, but as a fellowright winger in the cabinet, our own Secretary of State, Owen Paterson it seems is the favoured son of the right should the Secretary of State for Defence have to step down.

They argue that he’s needed to maintain political balance within the coalition cabinet. It may also suit Mr Cameron to keep a right winger camped on the Military establishment to hammer through cuts and reforms in procurement policy that are likely to be unpopular in that quarter.

If it occurs, that’s one hell of a step up and out…

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