Were it not for the strange fact that Wales now has a full-time Secretary of State like Northern Ireland but Scotland has only a part-timer, then the return of Paul Murphy to the Cabinet would be a cause of much joy. As things are, it is still by some distance the best news from this reshuffle. Murphy is the only politician promoted.
The present Cabinet is astonishing bare, weak, thin and empty. Brown has deliberately surrounded himself with nonentities. Is he really that insecure? And since he will have to go one day, where does he expect his successor to come from?