Is the Cabinet "too white, too male and too rich"?
Following David Cameron and his Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's first ever reshuffle of the cabinet last week, Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote spoke about his views on an interview with Voice of Russia. Presented by Daniel Cinna, Woolley was joined by Dr Mark Bennister, a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Canterbury Christ Church University and Dr Chris Hanretty, a Lecturer in Politics at the University of East Anglia;
The major talking points surround accusations that the new cabinet was "too white, too male, too rich and too right wing". A considerable amount of the ministers have come from privileged backgrounds, they are all white (for the first time in over a decade) and there is a significant lurch to the right that spells more trouble for public services.
The demotion of figures such as Ken Clarke, Baroness Warsi, George Young and Justine Greening and the promotions of Jeremy Hunt, despite the BSkyB debacle, Patrick McLoughlin, Theresa Villiers and Owen Paterson reflects a change of personnel that may lead to more right wing policies. To listen click here:
Does the reshuffle "really demonstrates that this is a Government that means business" as the PM declared or is it a case of "the same old faces and the same old policies" as claimed by Ed Miliband?
What do you think of the Cabinet reshuffle?