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Nights of the long knives: Eight staggering reshuffles

What lasting significance do Cabinet switch-arounds have?

By Robin McGhee  

Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet in October 1989

One of the periodic delights of the Westminster system is the Government reshuffle. Reshuffles are symbols of the Prime Minister’s power: while everyone else might go, the chief executive remains. Today, the grizzled observers of British politics were treated to a fairly spectacular example. David Cameron’s pre-election…

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