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Parties, Prime Minister & Cabinet, Unit 1, Unit 2

The reshuffle

David Cameron conducted his first major reshuffle last week and the details of who is in or out; promoted or demoted dominates the Sunday papers.

The Guardian’s Andrew Rawnsley suggests that Cameron has provided a masterclass in how NOT to reshuffle a cabinet.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/09/andrew-rawnsley-cameron-cabinet-reshuffle

There have been quite a few grumblings this week that the cabinet looks too pale and male. Cameron’s modernising instincts with an allegeded emphasis to promote women and minority ethnic MPs appears to have evaporated!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/09/observer-editorial-cabinet-reshuffle

Many commentators have suggested that Cameron’s reshuffle is a triumph for Thatcherites- this fairly stock view is challenged by the Sunday Telegraph who suggest that Cameron has the opportunity to transcend traditional notions of left and right.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9528831/Are-you-radical-or-reactionary-David-Cameron.html

Finally the Economist suggests that this reshuffle tells you a lot about the nature of the Conservative Party’s DNA- what is in and what is out? The cartoon that accompanies this article should give you a few clues!

http://www.economist.com/node/21562219

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