The BBC reports:
...former CBI head Sir Digby Jones is to be made minister for trade promotion...Sir Digby is to be given a peerage and will have to join the Labour Party in order to serve as a minister.
So, you have to join the Labour party in order to join the "government of all the talents".
This is just a week after Brown offered Ashdown a cabinet post - presumably Labour membership wasn't a condition in that case...or was it? Was the offer to Lord Stevens conditional on that crusty old conservative (or Conservative?) joining the Labour party?
I am confused. We appear to have witnessed a U-turn.
The "government of all the talents" appears to be a recruiting scheme for the Labour party , under a different name. I knew that Labour had haemorrhaged members by the thousand, but this is ridiculous.
And has Sir Digby Jones previously expressed any Labour-leaning sentiments? Not according to fellow Midlander John Hemming MP.