The bigger the cuts, the bigger the team

One for the ironic statistics corner.

Count up the number of people in each of the three main party’s Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet (taking the listings from their official national party websites).

Line up the party’s in order of enthusiasm for cutting public spending.

And what do you find? The keener the party is on cutting public spending, the bigger is its team:

Labour – 23 members
Liberal Democrats – 30 members
Conservatives – 32 members


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  • Cllr Patrick Smith 13th Oct '09 - 6:44pm

    Nick Clegg has stated in `The time has come for a new alignment of progressive politics-`The Liberal Moment’ 2009

    `My party has set out plans to divert several billion pounds of current spending that we believe to be wasteful into capital expenditure instead.By doing so,we could create jobs,especially for the young,and help develop the infrastructure -the green homes,the efficient public transport and the dispersed energy grid.’

    `Only a Party which will really disperse power ,breaking open the sorry ,stale system of governance,rebuilding local government and embracing fair votes can reinvigorate our democracy’.

  • Given that 50% of our MPs are front benchers, compared to 20% of Conservatives and just 8% Labour – shouldn’t the first cut we make be to numbers of our MPshanging around Westminster trying to be important?

  • Tom Papworth 14th Oct '09 - 12:13pm

    If I am not mistaken, Labour has created more ministerial jobs than any previous government. With so many MPs in their first two terms, they needed plenty of jobs for plenty of boys (and, to be fair, girls). They may not be on the “front bench”, but they still cost the taxpayer the best part of £100,000 a piece and have to fill their days inventing new rules for us to follow.

    In government, I think we should adopt a small-cabinet, few ministers approach (call it “lean government”). After all, if we did win, so many of our MPs would be new to the commons that they’d be grateful just to be there. No need to bribe the parliamentry party in the Lib Dems!

  • Erm, Labour are more in favour of cuts then the Lib Dems.

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