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What is your fantasy cabinet?

11:20 UK time, Monday, 10 May 2010

The outcome of the UK's post-election coalition talks will determine the make-up of the British cabinet - but who would you like to see in the most important political roles?

As politicians work towards achieving their ideal compromise with their ideal people in the top roles, what attributes and individuals would you like to see them consider?

If a decisive nature is important in a prime minister does Lord Sugar's business success qualify him as a contender? Would David Beckham's international football career and global fan base make him a good foreign secretary? Does Dame Judi Dench's strong portrayal as 'M' mean she has the makings of a home secretary who can tackle difficult issues?

Who do you want to see running the UK? What political portfolio would best suit which individual? Tell us who would be in your fantasy cabinet?


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  • Comment number 1.

    This thread has been open for half an hour now with no suggestions. Could it be that the current political situation is too serious for people to be bothered to indulge in flippancy as you outline in your suggestions.

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  • Comment number 3.

    I'd like too see Peter Mandelson as Prime Minister.

    Before you all gather up the farming implememnts and flaming torches just think about it.

    I believe that being ruled by an evil genius could only increase Great Britains power & influence on the world stage, imagine it, he'd go into trade negotiations and come out with the other delegates fillings in his pockets.

    He could conduct peace talks and after half an hour the aggressors in conflict would come out of the meeting as British subjects, with no idea how it happened.

    We've tried fuedalism, we've tried absolute monarchy and we've tried democracy, surely the time is now right to try Evil Geniusism to take the UK forwards into the new century.

    We'd be invincible.

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  • Comment number 5.

    "Tell us who would be in your fantasy cabinet?"

    All current politicians. Then I would lock the cabinet doors and throw it in the Thames.

  • Comment number 6.

    Jim Hacker had a good cabinet!

  • Comment number 7.

    My dream cabinet would involve these four/five Liberal Democrats;

    Nick Clegg, David Laws, Vince Cable, Ed Davy, Chris Huhne.

    I hope Mr. Cameron has just taken note or Mr. Brown, and realised, as well as PR and fairness, we need at least 2 of the above to make it legitimate...

  • Comment number 8.

    My suggested Cabinet? Nick Clegg-PM. Billy Bragg-Home Sec. Vince Cbal-Chancellor. Lord Mandy-Foreign Sec. The Boy Milliband-Childrens services.
    Loved Osric's idea though!

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  • Comment number 10.

    If we are talking a Fantasy Cabinet please can I have:

    Minister for Justice - Judge Dredd. No messing, zero tolerance and a quick delivery of justice. That would ease the strain on Courts and Prisons.

    Transport Minister - The Fat Controller (from Thomas the Tank Engine). Bags of experience, well respected and liked. Knows how to run an efficient transportation network.

    Need to have a good think about the others, to get the blend and dynamics right.....

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  • Comment number 12.

    Bearing in mind the frequent calls for fewer Members of Parliament, perhaps we might try a one man cabinet, that man being the only MP we have. One man, one vote. He's the man. He's got the vote. Not very democratic perhaps, but things might get done.

  • Comment number 13.

    A cabinet with no tories would be a good start

  • Comment number 14.

    I'm proposing a rainbow alliance of all parties. It works in other countries, and I think Britain is mature enough as a democracy that it would work here. And I'm proposing a few job shares, for the biggest jobs, to ensure that we get a government of all the talents.

    David Cameron for Prime Minister. He is the leader of the largest parliamentary party, after all.

    Caroline Lucas and Zac Goldsmith at DECC, to lead the war on climate change: they know their stuff, and they'll get things done.

    Ed Balls, Vince Cable and Ken Clarke at the Treasury, to put the country's economy on a sound footing, and to bring the budget deficit under control while protecting jobs and the weakest in society.

    Alan Duncan and Simon Hughes at the Home Office, to restore civil liberties, and return power from the State to the people.

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  • Comment number 16.

    Ministry of Defence - John Terry?

  • Comment number 17.

    Fantasy Cabinet rules:
    Each minister has been given an expenses account. The total value of your initial cabinet's expense account must not exceed two duck houses, a microwave oven, four rocking chairs and 72 paper doyleys. You are free to choose as many 'mortgage-flipping' ministers as you wish.
    From a 20 minister-list you must select 15 to form your cabinet. Ministers can only work in their designated party's given role. For example, you cannot insert a Liberal Democrat as Prime Minister.
    Prime Ministers:
    You must nominate a member of your cabinet to be Prime Minister. This minister will score double the number of points he would usually have been awarded if he halves the budget deficit, cuts Trident and introduces porportional representation.
    If your Prime Minister does not play by the above rules then he will be automatically substituted. A new Prime Minister with the highest form of integrity and most public support will then be selected based on your emergency Prime Minister strategy. You'll automatically win the game if you can find one.
    Make sure your previous Prime Minister has vacated Number 10 before continuing the game. Otherwise he could invoke Squatter's Rights and that would mean game over for everyone.

  • Comment number 18.

    Richard Branson for Chancellor!

  • Comment number 19.

    May I nominate Margaret Hodge as minister for children.

  • Comment number 20.

    The Tories have an ace-in-the-hole that they could play and should do, bearing in mind the importance of getting Labour out.

    Clegg mentioned giving all illegal immigrants who have been here for over 10 years citizenship. If the Liberals were allowed to do this and be seen to have forced this through, they would vote en masse for the Liberals in future and mainly in Labour/Liberal areas. Offering this would be a way for the Liberals to get more votes withotu having to cave in on electoral reform and leave the Tories with no significant damage at the polls.

  • Comment number 21.

    How naiive am I? I truly believed that the chancellor of the exchequor had to have had a working history of accountancy, banking or pure mathematical genius. So how wrong was I. Surely nobody of any intelligence would have got our finances in such a mess!!
    So For these cabinet jobs, I would employ the best of Britains brains.
    Richard Branson, Duncan Bannatyne,Mr Dyson,Anne Robinson(for her straight talking). Surely when we have a mammoth task of getting this country back into the black, we need an army of intellect, it makes a mockery of our once great nation that we cant even give the top jobs to the top people.I believe this is one reason for the hung parliament, the british people were hoping for the cream of the crop to get together and reform this once great place. But what do they do? they try to move the goal posts instead! How easy is that for the halfwits we have in power.

  • Comment number 22.

    Joanna Lumley for Prime Minister

    Martin Lewis for Chancellor

    Richard Branson for Transport

    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - Prince Phillip :-)

  • Comment number 23.

    Michael Foot
    Enoch Powell
    Margaret Thatcher
    Ted Heath
    Harold Wilson
    Arthur Scargill
    Jeremy Thorpe (to keep the PC lot happy)
    Harriet Harman (to keep the PC lot happy)
    Trevor Phillips (to keep the PC lot happy)
    Norman Tebbit
    Jeremy Clarkson
    Caroline Lucas
    Abu Hamza al-Masri
    Nick Griffin
    Oswald Mosley
    Derek Hatton

    Would be really fun to watch. They'd not be able to agree to disagree!

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  • Comment number 25.

    PM Simon Cowell

    Justice minister Dog The Bounty Hunter

    Education Brian Cox

    Benefits Jeremy Clarkson

    Foreign Affairs Sir Digby Jones

    To Name a few

  • Comment number 26.

    Monty Pythons ministry of silly walks.

  • Comment number 27.

    Looks like it would have to be Cameron as PM (boo) but with Vince Cable as Chancellor, Nick Clegg as Home Sec., Jack Straw back as Foreign Sec., George Osborne making the tea.

    We voted for them to run the country in the interests of the people, not their parties - I hope they remember that during these negotiations.

  • Comment number 28.

    Jeremy Paxman as PM, Peter Kaye, Prince Charles, Harry Redknap, Tony Benn, Richard Branson & Dennis Skinner.

  • Comment number 29.

    19. At 12:39pm on 10 May 2010, varnayfan wrote:

    May I nominate Margaret Hodge as minister for children.

  • Comment number 30.

    23. At 12:45pm on 10 May 2010, Toad In The Hole

    That is pure genius - The most entertaining government EVER in the History of civilisation!


  • Comment number 31.

    Vince Cable - we need Vince Cable. And absolutely no directly appointed Lords without portfolio.

  • Comment number 32.

    Let's be generous and allow Alistair Darling to stay in the Cabinet - just because I have always felt sorry for him having to work with Gordon Brown.
    Vince Cable is a must - talks a lot of sense.
    If Enoch Powell were alive he'd be great too.
    Is there space for another - Maggie Thatcher. Just to get up the noses of all those who slate her at every opportunity.
    One of my favourites is Michael Portillo must be included along with Cameron, Clegg and William Haigue.
    Oh yes - how could I forget Jeremy Paxman. Just the man to put fear into the hearts of lily livered politicians.
    Must include Leo McKinstry - and Peter Hitchen.
    Last but not least how about Janet Street Porter - she says it how it is.

    Well that list should stir a few loins and wake people up.

  • Comment number 33.

    Lets go back to the 1960's cabinet of Wilson, you had Wilson Oxford Don, and Research assistant to Beveridge,Tony Crosland, first class hon's degree Oxford which he did in a year. Denis Healy double first at Oxford and during the war was a major and between 1948 and 1961 was From 1948 to 1960 he was a councillor of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Barbara Castle Oxford University and a fiery left winger who frightned the Civil servants. James Callaghan who has been the only man to be Prime minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary. Richard Crossman went to Oxford and gained a double first and during the war was assistant chief of the pyschological warfare division , he also was a proflic writer and Editor of a number of Journals.

    Now match the above with todays political pygmies

    Sorry, I have to say none of them and certainly not Hague and Osbourne

  • Comment number 34.

    Head of Political Correctness Department - Raving Lord Sutch

  • Comment number 35.

    I was actually thinking Darth Vader for the Ministry of Defence Clayton. He isn't afraid of making hard decisions, doesn't care about being popular and he knows what it takes to get the job done. Also we could scrap Trident and just have a Death Star instead ?

  • Comment number 36.

    Ken Clarke - PM
    Vince Cable - Chancellor
    Paddy Ashdown - Minster for Defence

    They're the three most important posts and the three best candidates to fill them, in my opinion.

  • Comment number 37.

    3. At 11:53am on 10 May 2010, Osric wrote:
    ///I'd like too see Peter Mandelson as Prime Minister.

    I believe that being ruled by an evil genius could only increase Great Britains power & influence on the world stage, imagine it, he'd go into trade negotiations and come out with the other delegates fillings in his pockets.

    He could conduct peace talks and after half an hour the aggressors in conflict would come out of the meeting as British subjects, with no idea how it happened.

    We've tried fuedalism, we've tried absolute monarchy and we've tried democracy, surely the time is now right to try Evil Geniusism to take the UK forwards into the new century.

    We'd be invincible.///

    I like this idea! But lets go a step further - do away with government and cabinet altogether - Just The Dark Lord Mandelson as supreme all powerful dictator! His Greatness of 'Evil Geniusism', absolute ruler of Olde Britannia - would be a nice addition to all his other 'official' tittles!

    I can see the future it's Mandelson - Lord of hope, glory and master of the universe!

    I like his evil plan for world domination - terrific

  • Comment number 38.

    I feel the current situation of the partys all trying to do deals with each other to hold on to power is very concerning! It undermines the vote (which I took part in for the first time this yr), its the only thing Ive ever had a chance to have "my say" and even that is such a small token of choice considering the three partys to me were all identical and had no substance to any of their polocies(how can we vote if we dont know what were voting on?) and its the last choice i get to make for four years where we do it all again??, and now they can all do deals to stay in a job, one of these candidates didnt even get voted in in the first place yet could remain primeminister if the right deal is done??! Our vote is a very insignificant gesture which is why alot of people dont bother!

  • Comment number 39.

    Just me.

  • Comment number 40.

    Just flash. Not Gordon

  • Comment number 41.

    PM - Jeremy Clarkson
    Chancellor - Richard branson
    Home Sec - that guy in Middlesborough who became mayor
    Environment - that Green MP from Brighton (the only Green)
    Defense - any Army General who has served his country in the field of war
    Education - Ray Mears
    Scotland - Alec Salmond (similarly a national for Wales and N. Ireland)

    A nice laugh but then anything would be better than this ConLib pact

  • Comment number 42.

    PM - Gordon Ramsey
    Education - David Attenborough
    World Affairs - Sir ALex Ferguson
    Social - Bob Geldof
    NHS - Joanna Lumley
    Police and Justice - Roland the Rat!

  • Comment number 43.

    Prime Minister - David Cameron MP
    Home Screrary - Nick Clegg MP
    Chancellor of the Exchequer - Vince Cable MP
    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - William Hague MP
    Minister of State for Europe - David Davis MP
    Leader of the House of Commons - Philip Dunne MP
    Secretary of State for Defence - Dr. Liam Fox MP
    Chief Secretary to the Treasury - George Osborne MP
    Minister for the Cabinet Office - Chris Grayling MP
    Scretary Of State for the Environment - Caroline Lucas MP
    Secretary of State for Scotland - David Mundell MP
    Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills - Lord John Cleese
    Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - Priti Patel MP
    Chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - The Rt Hon. Sir George Young Bt. MP

  • Comment number 44.

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  • Comment number 45.

    PM = Captain George Mainwaring.

    Pompous, arrogant, blustering figure with overdeveloped sense of his importance, fuelled by his social status, believes in following rules and orders to sometimes ludicrous degrees. He is class conscious and a snob, considering himself upper-middle class and looking down on anyone he considers beneath him, which may be because he struggled to rise above his working class background and his state school background. Mainwaring is prudish and repressed, and can be judgemental about people who do not share his moral outlook. Mainwaring's patriotism can lead to xenophobia (he is not keen on the French, the Russians, the Americans and the Germans). All in all, perfectly qualified personal traits to be PM of Britain

    Chancelor of the Exchequer = Either Tommy Cooper or Ken Dodd.

    Could do with a bit of Tommy Cooper "just like that" accounting. There'd be not a single penny of waste as he was also acknowledged as the tightest man in show business, with a pathological dread of reaching into his pocket.

    Ken Dood would not sell off Britain cheaply and Britain would not be in any debt, he would instead stash cash and gold in suitcases in his attic, being a devout supporter of Thatcher giving anything away would be like prizing the moon away from earths orbit.

    Minister for Health = Jo Brand

    No explanation needed

    Foreign Secretary = All Murray

    Stereotypical working class British nationalist with a dislike for anything "un-British", particular dislike of Germans and the French. "The point is this..." "if we had no rules where would we be? France! And if we had too many rules where would we be? Germany!" Al would guarantee to stand up for British interests everywhere, even on Mars or Pluto.

    Education Secretary = Mr Mackay (from Porridge)

    There would be discipline and no slacking. "There's going to be a new regime here, based not on lenience and laxity but on discipline, hard work and blind, unquestioning obedience. Feet will not touch the floor. Lives will be made a misery." Enough to frighten any child into learning.

    Minister of Defence = Hitler.

    Disregarding his attrocities and nasty inhuman obnoxious policys, but solely because he followed and complied with Churchills speech to a T and never surrendered-
    "we shall fight on the beaches,
    we shall fight on the landing grounds,
    we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
    we shall fight in the hills;
    we shall never surrender,"

    Minister For Agriculture, Food and Fisheries = Worzel Gummidge

    Just because he couldnt do any worse for Britains farmers, food production and fishing fleets than any other previous minister.

    Minister of Department for Work and Pensions = Lembit opik.

    Due to his experience of being unemployed for a whole day before gaining employment and payment for appearing on "Have I got news for you."

    Minister for Department of Energy and Climate Change = Worzel Gummidge again.

    Minister for Department for Transport = Norman Tebbit, would reduce emissions and road conjestion by making everyone get on their bikes

    Minister for Department for Culture, Media and Sport = Eddie the Eagle

    Minister for Department for International Development = Al Murray again

    Minister for Ministry of Justice = Ken Dodd again

  • Comment number 46.

    I will answer this question seriously, naming men and women whose competence leaves me with an understaning that thet can master the brief. These men and women will have substantial strategic management experience in the public management, business or academic world.

    Prime Minister: Michael Bichard ( ex top civil servant and University Top Manager)
    Chancellor: Robert Chope ( Head Institute of Fiscal Studies)
    Foreign Secretary : Patten ( Ex Euro Commissioner and Governor of Hong Kong)
    Health : Lord Darzi or Karel Sekora (Consultant Surgeon )

  • Comment number 47.

    Just MP's that are 100% honest, & have the people that they are very privileged to represent as their top priority

    That's all we need from MP's from now on – just 100% honesty

    Any MP that cheat/abuse/falsify their position - they need to go jail for 10 years minimum, & be fully abused by the public at will

  • Comment number 48.

    I believe that the cabinet should be made up of professional people with experience and knowledge of the department of which they take control, like a board of directors of Britain plc. There really is very little difference between the two, and we are all shareholders.

    They would be charged with actually running their departments and ensuring that their policies actually work and not just setting policy as they do now.

    Who would employ and over see these professionals, the MP’s of the House of Commons, a body of apolitical MP’s that we vote into office and who are expected to work for us the voters and not party leaders.

    I would also give MP’s great powers within their constituencies to oversee and resolve many of the issues that face local people but have no one to fight for them.

    Party politics is dead, it is time for political system reform.

  • Comment number 49.

    PM - Sid James
    Chancellor - Nick Leeson
    Business Secretary - Del Boy Trotter
    Defence Minister - Dr Evil
    Families - Santa Clause
    Home Secretary - Jeremy Clarkson
    Foreign Secretary - Lord Lucan
    Sports Secretary - Billy Whizz

  • Comment number 50.

    How about a Cabinet of all the most well-known financial and political journalists on TV - they keep talking, extrapolating and pontificating about what's good/bad for Britain 24/7?

    As they are so highly qualified and verbose on opinion - perhaps they would like to walk the walk instead?

    Oh, and Lord Mandelson as PM to give all of the above a nervous breakdown?

    Just kidding .... or am I ...?

  • Comment number 51.

    The Dragon's Den team, Lord Sugar, Sir Richard Branson, Simon Cowell, The Director's of Gregg's and any one else who knows what they're doing and what people want.

  • Comment number 52.

    Based on the current set up, here's my list:

    Prime Minister - Nick Clegg (Good leader, willing to work with others and stand by convictions)

    Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal (and Deputy Prime Minister) - David Cameron (On a par with Nick Clegg, so it was a hard choice between the 2, so deserves what seems to be the second highest position of leadership in Parliament)

    First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council - Ken Clarke (Best Chancellor we've had in the last 30 years, if not longer. Excellent choice for revitalising British business)

    Chancellor of the Exchequer - Vince Cable (Might not be as clued in as everyone seems to be wanting him to be, but still got far better credentials than most others)

    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - David Miliband (Very good politician, one of the few Labour MPs that I have high respect for)

    Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor - William Hague (A good politician, would do a good job I think)

    Secretary of State for the Home Department - Simon Hughes (Has been LiibDem Home affairs spokesman in the past, a man of huge experience and a very good MP)

    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Zac Goldsmith (Environmental campaigner so should have a fair idea of what to do already)

    Secretary of State for International Development - Kate Hoey (Has lots of experience in foreign matters)

    Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - Ian Duncan-Smith (His experience from role in the Conservative think tank about dealing with issues in society would play a key part in working in this department)

    Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families - Diane Abbott (Passionate in her views and comes across as a good person to help in the nuturing side of politics)

    Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change - Caroline Lucas (Makes sense to have the leader of the Green party in charge of green issues)

    Secretary of State for Health - Alan Johnson (Another of the few Labour MPs I have respect for, would do a good job in any position)

    Olympics Minister - Lord Sebastian Coe (I know he already has a job with the Olympics, but it makes sense)

    Secretary of State for Defence - David Davies (A man of integrity, as his by-election shows, could bring a greater degree of trust from the country that the troops are being looked after properly)

    Secretary of State for Transport - Bob Russell (Has an interest in transport and has been involved in several transport all-party groups)

  • Comment number 53.

    PM - Cameron
    Deputy PM - Clegg
    Chancellor - Cable

    Liberal Conservatism could work really well. The alterantive is too much to bear. The losing parties all joining together? Brown goes and we have another unlected PM? No thanks, this just has to work. We need a change and a strong leadership to sort out the mess that the economy is in.

  • Comment number 54.

    I would definitely nominate Fern Britton, as she's the only person ever to get Tony Blair to tell the truth.

  • Comment number 55.

    Norman Tebbit, employment

  • Comment number 56.

    How about Jeremy Paxman for PM, and John Humphrys for leader of the opposition.

    PMQs would never be the same again.

  • Comment number 57.

    Might as well just get the casting characters in from the Magic Roundabout.

  • Comment number 58.

    My fantasy cabinet? Simply one that has no Tories in it.

  • Comment number 59.

    My Fantasy Cabinet:
    PM - Boris Johnson
    Deputy PM - Ian Hislop
    Chancellor - Vince Cable
    Home Secretary - Nick Clegg
    Foreign Secretary - Nick Griffin
    Scottish Minister - Gordon Brown

  • Comment number 60.

    When we are this far in the brown stuff, I think we should consider a national government like we did in WW2 headed by Churchill. If you prefer we could call it the cabinet of the talents?

    PM - David Cameron
    Chancellor - Vince Cable
    Home Sec - Alan Johnson
    Justice - William Hague
    Business Sec - Ken Clarke
    Foreign Sec - Nick Clegg
    Food & Rural Affairs – Caroline Spelman
    International Development – Simon Hughes
    Local Government – Ed Balls
    Families & Schools – Lynne Featherstone
    Energy & Climate Change - Caroline Lucas
    Health – Liam Fox
    Work & Pensions – Jack Straw
    Defence - Lord Ashdown
    Transport - David Miliband
    Scotland – Angus Robertson
    Wales - Elfyn Llwyd
    Northern Ireland – Naomi Long
    Culture Media & Sport - Douglas Alexander
    Cabinet Office & Olympics – Lord Coe

    Sorry, am I taking this to seriously?

  • Comment number 61.

    If we can get Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist party in the same cabinet/executive, anything is possible. With the exception, obviously of Mr Griffin.

  • Comment number 62.

    Disraeli, Gladstone (naughty bag and all), Pitt (Younger and Elder), Churchill, any could be a leader – all dead so we will not have to listen to speeches.

    Peter Pan – minister of health,
    Dick Darstardly – minister for Europe – nothing he does works!
    Wiley E Coyote – minister of innovation,
    Road Runner – minister of transport,
    Tank Girl – minister of defence!

    Blast someone else got Judge Dredd - but if he wants to change sides, like a politician – he is not the man we think him to be!

  • Comment number 63.

    Machiavelli should be there.

    He already is calling himself Mandelson.

    A man of such deep beliefs he will sell himself to the highest bidder!

    Had mistakenly used the word “convictions” do not want to be sued!

  • Comment number 64.

    I'd have David Milliband and Nick Griffin to represent the extreme left and extreme right, Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg as nominal other party representatives, and Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

  • Comment number 65.

    I suppose a comedy choice is worth a shot

    PM - Jeremy Clarkson
    Foreign Secretary - Prince Philip
    Commonwealth minister - Boris Johnson
    Chancellor - Lester Piggott
    Minister for Children - Janette Krankie

  • Comment number 66.

    PM Rupert Murdoch

    all other cabinet places will chosen from a lottery of the sun readers if they can pass an easy IQ test.

  • Comment number 67.

    Lets keep it simple....

    one one persion... and thats jeremy clarkson

  • Comment number 68.

    Pick the 360 MPS with the highest votes to form the new government. They can elect the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister & the Cabinet.

  • Comment number 69.

    Fantasy cabinet.............????

    One you can buy from a DIY store that fits together in less than an entire bank holiday and you don't have any screws left over at the end and stays standing for at least a few hours after you have put it together!

  • Comment number 70.

    43. At 1:19pm on 10 May 2010, RObert L Thompsett wrote:

    Prime Minister - David Cameron MP
    Home Screrary - Nick Clegg MP
    Chancellor of the Exchequer - Vince Cable MP
    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - William Hague MP
    Minister of State for Europe - David Davis MP
    Leader of the House of Commons - Philip Dunne MP
    Secretary of State for Defence - Dr. Liam Fox MP
    Chief Secretary to the Treasury - George Osborne MP
    Minister for the Cabinet Office - Chris Grayling MP
    Scretary Of State for the Environment - Caroline Lucas MP
    Secretary of State for Scotland - David Mundell MP
    Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills - Lord John Cleese
    Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - Priti Patel MP
    Chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - The Rt Hon. Sir George Young Bt. MP


    Keeping Osbourne as far away from the treasury as you could, and not having Gove as your Education Secretary would be an excellent move.

  • Comment number 71.

    My previous post was taking it too seriously. As a fantasy cabinet:

    PM - Ben Elton
    Chancellor - Margaret Thatcher

    Old Ben Elton always loved Mrs Thatch! ;O)

  • Comment number 72.

    Prime minister
    David Cameron (Con)

    Chancellor of the Exchequer
    George Osborne (Con)

    Home secretary
    Nick Clegg (Lib Dem)

    Foreign secretary
    Ed Davey (Lib Dem)

    Defence secretary
    Liam Fox (Con)

    Energy and climate change secretary
    Caroline Lucas (Green)

    Justice secretary
    David Howarth (Lib Dem)

    Business secretary
    Vince Cable (Lib Dem)

    Culture secretary
    Jeremy Hunt (Con)

    Communities and local government secretary
    Caroline Spelman (Con)

    Schools secretary
    David Laws (Lib Dem)

    Transport secretary
    Norman Baker (Lib Dem)

    Work and pensions
    Steve Webb (Lib Dem)

  • Comment number 73.

    I would change the way the country was run so a coalition of Nick Griffon, Cameron and even Brown would be ok because with griffon providing common sense and the other 2 assuring the public he is not hitler and offering their different solutions we would get out of this mess nicely.

    I would also have it that for each problem they want to solve they each put forward a solution and the public voting for their favorite. Obviously all must do as the public vote.

    Maggie thatcher as foreign secretary because she was a fantastic negotiator with a reputation for making the right friends (US) and not backing down in negotiations (EU).

    I would remove libs from any interaction from the MOD but would place them in charge of community relations.

  • Comment number 74.

    King Henry VIII, backed up either by Cardinal Wolseley or Thomas Cromwell. Strongest leadership we've ever had.

  • Comment number 75.

    With over £132m raised in funds(donations & public funds) by all the political parties in UK from past 2 years and 3 months (2008, 2009, 1st Qtr 2010), the cabinet if has to be joint between all three parties will reflect the spread of the fundings received. Average £4 per voter and around 200k per seat, I believe which party will join hands is not only matter of votes anymore but more so about who is backed by whom.
    According to data from Electoral Commission UK, Conservatives raised 54% of the overall funding amounting to £71m. Labour got over £39m (29%) and LibDem were able to raise 11% at £14.5m. Conservatives spent highest £7 per vote and average £232k per seat.
    If LibDem join hands with Labour for the new cabinet, Tories will most likely call in general elections sooner than expected and will probably see more funding coming their way after the current success. Will Nick want to take that chance ? Probably not.

    If LibDem supported Tories, most likely Brown will stand down from the leadership of Labour party and though a general election might be called again, it may probably see Tories win in majority, since Clegg alone cannot pull it off and Labour may not want to change their leader 3 times in 2 years.

    My ideal cabinet will be, if all three parties form a joint government and take the best parts from each of the other parties agenda. The way they are now trying to coax each other to join their party, will be rather good to see if they sat down and decide what is best for our country rather than what is best for their party.

    Maybe change the electoral system completely differently and let all the three leaders take turns every two years to lead the country or sit down at a table and take ownership of one particular area closer to their heart ?
    The new cabinet should not be defined only by the people who are famous, it should be more driven by the policies that everyone agree are better for UK economy. There is enough money for everyone and all it needs is just one push, a life time opportunity is here for all the three parties to make history.

  • Comment number 76.

    Here's my fantasy cabinet.

    Prime Minister: Me.

  • Comment number 77.

    Committed Christians from across the political spectrum.

  • Comment number 78.

    "I'd like too see Peter Mandelson as Prime Minister."

    NO I wouldn't like to see any Bilderberger in a position in the UK. Globalists like him are the reason why the UK is in such a sorry state with jobs going overseas, all for "multi culturalism" and integration. More like going towards 3rd world abject poverty.

  • Comment number 79.

    I'd like a cabinet formed by Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse (although he's American) and Don Airey. Oh, wait a sec: it's Deep Purple! :p

  • Comment number 80.

    Prime Minister: Boris Johnson
    Chancellor: Kenneth Clarke
    Home Secretary: William Hague
    Foreign Secretary: Nick Clegg

  • Comment number 81.

    Nick Clegg will make the biggest mistake of his life if he goes into any kind of agreement with David Cameron. This is the 1st chance to make a huge difference in the way our country is run and how we vote. He should join Labour and stick to what he believes in instead of being driven by power!

  • Comment number 82.

    Hmm let me think

    Foreign Secretary Alf Garnet we known just how much the UK likes to talk to everybody else.
    Chancellor of the Exchequer Auntie Wainwright
    Home Secretary Gene Hunt
    Minster of Transport Jeremey Clarkson
    Defense Secretary Davros
    Business Secretary Arthur Daley

  • Comment number 83.

    OK Just for fun

    PM Elizabeth 11 –
    Chancellor Dr who
    Defence Sharp
    Education William Shakespeare

  • Comment number 84.

    David Cameron - PM
    Ken Clarke - COE
    William Hague, could have any job he is a great MP and a great leader.
    Gordon Brown - Office Cleaner

  • Comment number 85.

    PM - Tony Benn
    Chancellor - Vince Cable
    Home Sec - Nick Clegg
    Justice - Me
    Business Sec - Lord Madelson
    Foreign Sec - David Milliband
    Food & Rural Affairs – Gordon Ramsey
    International Development – Simon Hughes
    Local Government – Salma Yaqoob
    Families & Schools – Lynne Featherstone
    Energy & Climate Change - Caroline Lucas
    Health – Prof Robert Winston
    Work & Pensions – Chris Huhne
    Defence - Hilary Benn
    Transport - Ken Livingston
    Scotland – Gordon Brown
    Wales - Jenny Randerson
    Northern Ireland – Ashdown
    Culture Media & Sport - Stephen Fry
    Cabinet Office & Olympics – Edward Davey

  • Comment number 86.

    Prince Of Darkness: Peter Mandleson
    Minister For Non-Doms: Lord Ashcroft
    Warmonger in Chief: Tony Blair
    Head Of Propoganda: Rupert Murdoch
    Biggest Buffoon: Boris Johnson

  • Comment number 87.

    it would be a totally fresh government with not one person having a past in politics as we can never trust any mp 100%.i think we could get more than 350 potential people from the business sector who would more than qualify for the job.or does ,lying ,cheating expense claims,having multiple homes that you dont need but taxpayers paying for have to be on your cv

  • Comment number 88.

    Scottish Secretary - Billy Connolly
    Welsh Secretary - Owen Money
    Chancellor - Wilkins Micawber
    Home Secretary - Judge Jeffries
    Foreign Secretary - Nick Griffin
    Transport Minister - Jeremy Clarkson

    Can't do any more for laughing

  • Comment number 89.

    Caroline Flint as PM
    Yvette Cooper Education
    David miliband and Ed Miliban Foreign and Transsport
    Nick Clegg Duty PM
    Vince Cable Chancellor
    Harriet Harmen immigration

  • Comment number 90.

    Prime Minister - Margaret Thatcher, circa 1982
    Home Secreary - Norman Tebbit circa 1982
    Chancellor of the Exchequer - Willie Walsh
    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - Lord Palmerston
    Minister of State for Europe - Nigel Farage
    Leader of the House of Commons - Frank Field
    Secretary of State for Defence - Jackie Fisher
    Chief Secretary to the Treasury - Richard Branson
    Minister for the Cabinet Office - Duncan Bannatyne
    Scretary Of State for the Environment - Caroline Lucas
    Secretary of State for Scotland - King Edward 1st
    Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills - Henry Ford
    Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - Oswald Mosley

  • Comment number 91.

    I sense a 'Garth Crookes' Cabinet Team of the week , you can drag politicians into a formation - maybe Cameron up front with Clegg hovering behind

  • Comment number 92.

    Prime Minister: David Cameron
    Deputy PM: Nick Clegg

    Chancellor of Exchequer: Ken Clarke

    I really think Ken Clarke is the right guy for the job:

    - he has experience, having already held the post of Chancellor in previous administrations. You don't want someone new and fresh in that position - considering what is at stake, and with a very good track record in that position.

  • Comment number 93.

    Prime Minister - Jeremy Clarkson
    Home Secretary - Anthea Turner
    Chancellor of the Exchequer - Portsmouth Football Club
    Leader of the house of commons - Frank from Shameless
    Minister for europe - Nigel Farage
    Secretary of business - Alan 'sweet as 'Sugar
    Secretary of defence - Optimus Prime

    This is only a dream cabinet right? . . .

  • Comment number 94.

    Jeremy Clarkson - Transport Minister
    James May (Mr Slow) Social Care Minister
    Richard Hammond - Health Minister
    The Stig - PM

  • Comment number 95.


    Prime Minister - Lord Alan Sugar
    Chancellor of the Exchequer - Peter Jones
    Home Secretary - Alan Rickman
    Foreign Secretary - Piers Morgan
    Child Services - Emma Thompson

  • Comment number 96.

    Jeremy Clarkson for PM. At least he'd be honest (sometimes brutally so!)

  • Comment number 97.

    Vince Cable
    Alan Johnson
    William Hague
    Ken Clarke
    Caroline Lucas
    Peter Mandelson
    Ken Livingstone
    Jeremy Hardy
    Sheila Drew Smith
    Denise Milani (MET police)
    Anne Widdicombe

  • Comment number 98.

    Richard Dawkins for Education Secretary - that should get rid of a wasted lesson per week, plus any weird changes to the biology syllabus.
    Ian Hislop for Culture Secretary - let's see what his own magazine does to him then...

  • Comment number 99.

    I'd have to go with :
    James T Kirk, for PM
    Dr Bones Mcoy, Home Sec
    Data, Chancellor of Excec
    Jean Luc Picard, for Foriegn Sec
    The rest can be a mixture of Ferengi, Klingons and Vulcans just for fun !
    not to forget Scotty cos he always make it work !!!

  • Comment number 100.

    Well foget fantasy for just a moment and if the reality is correct and that Gordon Brown maybe resigning I really hope we do not end up with Ed Balls as the Labour Leader. Dont get me wrong It's time for Brown to go but please not ED Balls. In terms of the ideal cabinet I Would like a selection from each party as there is good and bad in each. Lord Mandelson is just rude and to be honest is just out for himself. I'm glad we have a hung parliment as the three parties. So much more so Labour needed to be told that you can onkly upset the british people for so long and they will turn on you. Clegg talks of a clean politics, but now in the last week of his campaign he just slagged the other 2 parties and never really answered any querstions directly when asked by votors. He really is just like Cameron and Brown. It's all change for GB and I'm so glad. Now all we need if for the Scottish MP's not to be allowed to vote on Englands laws as they seem to like it when we keep our nose out of Scottish affairs but wants to have a handle in Westminister. Look at Alex Salmond SNP wont do deals with labour and toires. Now look, He is offering another way to the Lib , Tories solution. It's time to hold MP's and Leaders accountable for lying during the election race and having them trufed out for the lies told. expenses cleaned up, out for themselves, still a very long way off in deed.


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