PICTURE the scene. You are MD of a new company and you appoint various people to fill the top jobs, treasurer, foreign sales, personnel manager, etc.

You declare all these newly appointed people are, “as good as you can get as they are all at the top of their game”.

Then, after four years in their jobs, you suddenly boot them out and appoint a new load of people who are, strangely, at the top of their game.

Yet the last lot, who you’ve just booted out, were supposedly at the top of their game.

If this scenario happened in a commercial company the MD would rapidly be shown the door. Yet the above sacking/hiring debacle happens in government all the time.

Surely this reshuffle demonstrates that the PM is a poor judge of character.

So why, exactly, do all governments reshuffle? Being the poor judges of character, that all modern PMs appear to be is hardly a good recommendation for someone to be the leader of a country.

Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York.