Monday, 11 August 2014
The Portfolio Shuffle
This blog's particular bete noire, Esther McVey (the cunt) is now, as you all know and somewhat laughably (given she believes stripping people of benefit and forcing them into poorly paid jobs they're not fit enough to work at is in fact 'liberating' people) the government's employment minister. In her remit at present is all the responsibilities the former minister for disabled people Mike Penning had.
However one of the responsibilities that, traditionally, an employment minister has is the overseeing of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Crucially perhaps was the fact that Environmental Health News submitted questions to the DWP last year regarding McVey's suitability given she had previously served as a director of her father's construction business (now closed) which had breached safety regulations four times, the health and safety at work act three times and was ultimately served with several prohibition notices.
As a result McVey passed all HSE matters to...yup, Mike Penning, in whose remit such matters rather oddly sat. It was Penning who applauded the HSE's expertise and suggested it could serve internationally as well as announce a record low in workplace fatalities.
The DWP of course claim it is standard practice to reorganise portfolios following reshuffles. So will HSE be 'reorganised' away from McVey again? And if not, why not?