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by Martin Odoni

It’s an old exasperated joke every generation tells a hundred times about politics, I know, but it is genuinely scary how little the current British Government appears to know. This is especially true of its Ministers in their departmental fields e.g. George Osborne knowing almost nothing about economics, and apparently being unable to perform basic multiplication. But it gets even scarier when you recognise that David Cameron is what these days passes for a Prime Minister. The Prime Minister, after all, is the man or woman who appoints the Ministers who will serve in the Cabinet. You would therefore hope, at the very least, that whoever is the incumbent at 10 Downing Street would have some grasp of what are Ministries and Departments, and what are not. (NB: There are all-too-many other reasons to be scared by the idea of Cameron being Prime Minister of…

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