Forgive me for being exasperated, but Team Dave's latest Big Announcement is just plain exasperating. An Economic Recovery Committee to - and I quote the press release - "review and analyse the economic situation"; "discuss immediate policy proposals to deal with the current crisis"; and "coordinate strategy for the long term reconstruction of Britain's economy"? Now, it all sounds well and good - and something may come out of it. But it's little more than slapping a name on something that the Tories should - and will - be doing already, and packaging it as something new. It was cynical enough when Brown did it, with his National Economic Council, but it's even more cynical to then follow his dubious lead. More ruses like this, and the Tories risk dimming the effectiveness of the "headless chicken" attack.
Here's the list of people who will sit on the committee:
It's the final name that will get the most press interest, which was probably the intention all along...“
David Cameron (Chairman)George Osborne, Shadow ChancellorKen Clarke, Shadow Business SecretaryTheresa May, Shadow Work and Pensions SecretaryDavid Willetts, Shadow Universities, Innovations and Skills SecretaryPhillip Hammond, Shadow Chief SecretaryOliver Letwin, Chairman of the Policy ReviewWilliam Hague, senior member of the Shadow CabinetSir Christopher Gent (Vodafone founder)Sir Peter Middleton (former Treasury permanent secretary)Baroness NoakesSir Brian Pitman (former chief exec and chairman of Lloyds Bank)Sir James Sassoon (former Treasury envoy to the City)Simon Wolfson (of Next)Eric Schmidt (of Google) as International Business Adviser