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British government is hampered by an excess of ministers and frequent job changes

The size and turnover of the payroll vote is not found among comparable democracies

By Peter Riddell  

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Archive/PA Images

Britain has too many ministers and they remain in office for too short a time. These are the two most distinctive features of British government. Neither trend is new but they have recently got much worse, notably during the merry-go-round of the closing few months of the May administration and the substantial change of personnel with the formation of the verydifferent Conservative administration under Boris Johnson. Many of the key heads of department have changed at least twice during the course of this…

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