Baroness Williams ‘to join’ government of all the talents

According to the 24 hour news channels some of the papers will report tomorrow that Shirley Williams is to  join Gordon Brown’s government – not in ministerial office but in a position that will place her “close” to Gordon Brown.  No more detail yet, but we’ll not have long to wait to find out for certain.

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  • If she takes any job, ministerial or otherwise she should be sacked. Capmbell will look weak otherwise. Ditto Cameron if any Tories jump onto the Brown bandwagon.

  • Tony Williams 28th Jun '07 - 6:20am

    Yes – if this is really true (let’s not make assumptions, though) then she should go.

  • Anza Morris 28th Jun '07 - 8:54am

    After everything that’s been said over the last week, there are no two ways about this.

    Lib Dems do not want to be associated with Gordon Brown’s government.

    So you can be involved in this new government – that includes being some sort of adviser – or you can be a member of the Liberal Democrats, but not both.

    Campbell and Williams really need to get this one right.

  • Elizabeth Patterson 28th Jun '07 - 9:25am

    Yes I agree with comments above. The same should apply to Alex Carlisle; he should have resigned from the party when he took the “Independent Advisor” post.

  • I’m afraid I don’t agree.

    Advisory jobs TO Government from leqading figures in other parties or them chairing commissions is not a constitutional innovation of Brown’s. Ashdown – Parades Commission
    Patten – Ulster Police
    Carlise – terrorism watchdog
    Jenkins – PR Commission

    This is quite normal.

    Executive responsibility is not. No jobs in Cabinet or ‘joining the Government’.

  • Advisory role on muclear proliferation, it seems, according to the Beeb.

  • Nuclear, even. Not advising on phlegm.

  • Elizabeth Patterson 28th Jun '07 - 6:29pm

    We have had nothing but deceit and manipulation from labour in the past, and clearly Brown is being manipulative, trying to get LD “Names” associated with his government.
    As to Shirley advising on reduction of nuclear proliferation to Labour with their comittment to Trident and Nuclear Power, it is a bit like persuading a wolf to be a vegetarian.

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