Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Off message

I should have known there would be a twist to make the Cons' latest attack on accountability even worse. And sure enough, they unveiled a doozy this morning: apparently "ministerial responsibility" means having their choice of uninformed ministers answer questions about departments or decisions which have nothing to do with their knowledge or authority.

But while the Cons have surely managed to offer up a creative new form of unaccountability, I have to wonder whether the messaging around it really fits what they're trying to get across. Does a party whose base is committed to personal responsibility actually think that there's no problem with making "ministerial responsibility" referable only to a cabinet hive-mind? And is Jay Hill's extended waaambulance ride the best pitch for a party which normally tries to portray itself as strong and in control?

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