Tim Collins and Robin Gisby have a lucky escape!
I blame the government
Monday, 6 October 2008
The Tories have also announced a reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet.
Not many moves, but interestingly they have chosen to create a Shadow brief for Energy and Climate Change:
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change - Greg Clark MP
Shadow Minister for Climate Change - Greg Barker MP
Shadow Minister for Energy - Charles Hendry MP
Their opposing numbers on the Government front bench are:
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change: The Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP
Minister of State - Mike O'Brien MP
Minister of State - Lord Hunt of Kings Heath OBE (jointly with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs); and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Joan Ruddock MP
A nice long list of names that uber-consultant Jim Steer and Greengauge21 can get their teeth into.
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Dominating transport debates in the Upper House are the feared Railway Peers, masters of the Parliamentary Question.
For some time these latter day Marcher Lords, roaming the wasteland between Government and Railways, have been looking for an opponent worthy of their steel.
So hapless is the Government's Spokesmen in the Lords, Lord Bassum of Brighton, that the Railway Peers have started feeling sorry for him, as DafT sends him into battle with yet another feeble brief.
But presumably, new Rail Minister, Lord Adonis will now be press ganged into delivering these cods of wallop.
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What is the industry to make of the appointment of Lord Adonis as the Minister of State for Transport.
As the DafT web wonks have still to include his details on their site it falls to The Fact Compiler to supply the necessary background details.
According to those who have worked with him he is "obsessive about detail" to the extent that he is a "micromanager".
So far so bad.
However, he is also "his own man" and "master of his brief" - so will not be hoodwinked by Officials.
More good news.
Contrary to today's Daily Telegraph story that he has not "shown any interest in transport", Railway Eye can reveal that he is in fact "passionate about railways".
As may be witnessed by his review of Wolmar's recent book 'Fire and Steam' in Prospect Magazine.
He is also a great fan of 07:30 meetings - looks like the DafT numpties will have to up their game.
UPDATE: At the end of his review of Fire and Steam Lord Adonis adds:
"The big debate for the future is if and when High Speed Two and Three are to follow".
Well my Lord. Perhaps you can now tell us?