Nonentities replaced by nonentities

red rose1I read the Daily Telegraph every day on my iPad; usually at lunch time when enjoying a pint in one of my locals.    I was fascinated today (27-Jun-16) to learn the names of shadow cabinet members who had been fired or resigned.  By now, I understand the number has risen to 30 or more but I doubt I will recognise many more names.

Oxon floods 2007Hilary Benn is someone I met when I was Leader of the Council and we shared a 4X4 driven by a West Oxon DC officer who sped us through the flooded lanes of West Oxon in the floods of 2007.  He struck me then as a very decent chap and a bit of a chip off his father’s block.

Charles Falconer has a long pedigree going back to Blair and Brown so his is a name I recognise.

John Healey

John Healey

John Healey is another Labour MP I got to know when I was Chairman of the SE Regional Assembly and he always struck me as a gentleman and a very decent guy.  Beyond this short list, who are all of these other names – apparently members of the Labour Shadow Cabinet.  What impact have any of them made on the public perception?  How many Labour voters would know them?  Not many, I suspect!

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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