A constrained PM had to keep many of the old faces. I doubt if we will see an invigorated government suddenly putting right the wrongs of past years, suddenly gripping the agenda and pointing the country in a new direction.
The new Home Secretary could cancel the ID computer, saving us loads of money. He could tell us he will dismantle the worst features of the surveillance society, removing cameras, prying powers and meddlesome rules. To protect us he could instead put in proper border controls. Don’t hold your breath.
The not so new Chancellor could tell us when and how he is going to get out of quantitative easing, and when he will normalise interest rates and give savers a better deal. He could start to control costs and spending properly.
The new Communities Secretary could save us the money and hassle of unelected regional government by abolishing it. He could devolve some power to people and Councils away from the centre.
The new Europe Minister along with the old Foreign Secretary could hold the promised referendum on Lisbon, and try and explain to us why they have given so much of our power and money away – even better they could start to get some of it back, as a contribution to cutting the costs of the public sector and curbing the powers of big government.
The trouble is, the idea that this is a new government is just spin. It will be more of the same. Tacky sound bites, family squabbles, more wasted money and ever more power to the centre.