Today, I had a thought. Would the Cabinet of the United Kingdom work better if they weren’t politicians?
The first problem I see with the Cabinet being politicians is the part politics that guide them. Whether it’s good for the country or not, it follows their party’s philosophies and therefore it’s ok.
The second problem is they may not actually have any experience in the field relating to the department they’re in charge of.
George Osborne, for example, is the Chancellor of the Exchequer. His role is to budget for the country. Fortunately for us, he has no previous experience of economics, and his degree is in Modern History. Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, has no previous experience in Law. Jeremy Hunt has no experience in the medical sector. Iain Duncan Smith HAS had experience being unemployed, but that just makes his policies even harder to understand as Secretary for Work and Pensions.
My idea would be to make up the cabinet from leaders in their fields. Medical professionals in charge of health. Senior Judges in charge of justice. Actual economists in charge of the economy.Recruitment professions in charge of work and pensions perhaps. You get the idea.
Not only would this mean someone with actual knowledge would be in charge of the department, but it’d be free from party politics. Parliament could still set policies for the departments, but perhaps they’d have to be ratified and amended by the department, so parliament could devise the policy, and the department could comment on whether it’s actually plausible, and then suggest amendments.
What do you think? Good idea, or far too naive? Leave your thoughts in the comments; let’s get a discussion going!
All the best