Iain Dale’s Brown v. Cameron – who has the better team?

Iain Dale follows up one of Gordon Brown’s interviews this morning by asking readers to comment on who has the better team. It’s a good question and one that’s very telling when you go through it one by one:

Gordon Brown v David Cameron – CAMERON
Alistair Darling v George Osborne – OSBORNE
Jacqui Smith v David Davis – DAVIS
Des Browne v Liam Fox – FOX
Harriet Harman v Theresa May – HARMAN
Hazel Blears v Eric Pickles BLEARS
Yvette Cooper v Philip Hammond – COOPER
Ed Balls v Michael Gove – GOVE
John Denham v David Willetts – DENHAM
Douglas Alexander v Andrew Mitchell – ALEXANDER
David Miliband v William Hague – SCORE DRAW, both are really good
Harriet Harman v Caroline Spelman – HARMAN
Andy Burnham v Jeremy Hunt – BURNHAM
James Purnell v Chris Grayling – PURNELL
Alan Johnson v Andrew Lansley – JOHNSON
Jack Straw v Nick Herbert – STRAW
Hilary Benn v Peter Ainsworth – BENN
John Hutton v Alan Duncan – HUTTON
Geoff Hoon v Patrick McLoughlin – NEITHER, both are fairly dire
Shaun Woodward v Owen Paterson – WOODWARD
Baroness Ashton v Lord Strathclyde – ASHTON
Paul Murphy v Cheryl Gillan – MURPHY
Ruth Kelly v Theresa Villiers – VILLIERS

That’s 16 for Labour and and just seven for the Conservatives. The only unfortunate thing for Labour is that in the five most important posts – PM, Chancellor, Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Health – it only takes two of the five.

Stuart Bruce

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