UPDATE 5/9/05: thanks for your responses people. Here's the updated Cabinet.
UPDATE 6/9/05:: Ministers for the Arts appointed!
UPDATE 7/9/05:: Ministers for Transport and Health appointed!
UPDATE 8/9/05:: Ministers for Education appointed!
- Minister for Education: David T
- Ministers for Transport: David Farrer
- Ministers for Health: Andrew
- Chancellor, with special remit to make sure that the Olympics are not the absolute financial fuck-up that they are presently destined to be: Snafu.
- Irish Office (with special responsibility for smoking in bars): Twenty Major.
- Benign* Dictator In Chief: DK
(*As long as it's not too early in the morning.)
- Department of Trade & Industry: Timmy and Chris.
- Home Office: Mr Free Market (with special remit for firearms and vermin eradication) and Jarndyce and The Pedant-General.
- Foreign Office: Chicken Yoghurt and Owen.
- Scottish Office: Arthur and Curious Hamster.
- Getting Us The Fuck Out EU Negotiators: EU Serf and George.
- General Advisers: Chris and Guido.
- PR Advisers: Nosemonkey and Scott.
And once again, I cannot stress enough that I am getting quite keen on my ideas; however, they are ideas only. If you have any data on tax revenue, please throw it my way (please, don't ask me for figures; if you know to ask, then you probably know more than I do!). What I am ideally looking for is, if you like, profit figures. If VAT is worth £75 billion to the Treasury, as Owen has asserted, then how much does it currently cost to collect that amount (in the case of VAT, an awful lot, I should imagine). Help me get these ideas into something concrete and viable; or maybe they aren't viable, but I refuse to believe that this crappy system that we currently have is the only possible option! Thanking you in advance...
[In case anyone is interested, the illustration which now graces this site is one of three that I did for a production of the Yorkshire Mystery Plays, a little over a year ago. It is—quite appropriately—the angel, Lucifer, at the moment of his fall.]