If this week's cabinet reshuffle had been staged as a farce, it would have been too far-fetched to be funny. The Conservatives would do well to run all their plans past Sir Brian Rix prior to sharing them with the nation. Sadly, since he's already been knighted, it's hard to see how he could be motivated to take the risk of getting involved.
Highlights of Carry On Governing include appointing as health secretary a man who was mired in controversy in his last post. On laughs alone, Jeremy Hunt is worthy of promotion because of the double-entendre he brings with him – not only the rhyming slang, but also endless jokes about back channels.
But the comedy doesn't stop there. Hunt appears to believe in privatising everything – except homeopathy, which he seems to want to nationalise. If it feels good, in this one instance alone, it should be available on the NHS. Ideologically, this makes sense. Maybe homeopathy ought to be the only service offered by the state. Then, minutely diluted amounts of the thing that causes the problem will deliver a cure. There will be no proof it has worked, but no one has ever accused the coalition of being an evidence-based government anyway.
Then there's the appointment of more ministers involved in economics than ever before, hours before an announcement insisting that conservatories were the key to growth. Because that's the trouble, isn't it? Houses just aren't expensive enough yet. All you people living in rented flats – don't feel left out. Just go and buy a greenhouse, and throw it out of the window.
The main economic activity likely to be unleashed by this is legal disputes between neighbours. Not that the new Lord Chancellor – the first in centuries with no legal training – will have a clue what's going on. In common with a lot of people in parliament.
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