Much has been said about the forthcoming cabinet reshuffle and who may be dropped and who will stay!
Well for my free advice, the PM would make a lot of headway and, regardless of how many enemies he makes, will be popular with the public and the Labour Party at large if he starts a major culling programme.
For a start, given the volatile nature of public opinion, those who have the most dirty hands need to be dropped. That will include Hazel Blears and Margaret Beckett, who has (at least initally) refused to return her expenses. Lets not also forget that this is someone who has flirted with the hard left in the late 70s/early 80s. Beckett is also someone who lacks the Common touch at a time when it is badly needed. It would be foolish, as well as incredible, if Brown were to keep her on and promote her to full cabinet.
And while we are at it, why should Gordon Brown not sack Geoff Hoon, or indeed anyone who has been misbehaving over the expenses issue. At the very least demote them to the far corners. Hoon's nickname of "Buff" might be a bit personal, but he has not exactly had the most glowing of cabinet careers and perhaps now is the time to put him out of his misery. As for Mandelson, perhaps its best if we don't go there.
I honestly cannot understand (unless out of misplaced loyalty), why the PM would keep these people! Well I can guess, but I hope its not the case. It would be tempting to drop-kick them out of the cabinet now, but it is risky. One things for sure, some drastic measures need to be taken because the public will quickly ignore us and we shall suffer. I somehow suspect though that drastic measures will begin to be made after 4th June, but we must keep fighting for Labour because the alternatives are unpleasant, and those of us who are Labour activists who are not mired in sleaze must reclaim the Party, or else we will all be drop-kicked