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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 September 2012

Cabinet reshuffle

Jeremy Hunt and demo rhyming chants

You might know Jeremy Hunt as just another Tory minister to get booed at the Paralympics. But this son of an admiral, Oxford educated and related to both the Queen and fascist Oswald Mosley, is now secretary of state for health.

His other 'achievements' include: a failed business in exporting marmalade to Japan, fiddling 20,000 in MPs' expenses; having to apologise to Liverpool fans and the families of victims of the Hillsborough stadium disaster after falsely claiming that hooliganism played a part in the 96 deaths; and avoiding paying 100,000 in tax after doing a nifty number through his company (nothing to do with marmalade!).

In his last post as culture secretary, after making department cuts of up to 50%, he hired his own parliamentary assistant, daughter of a Tory peer, on a permanent fixed contract.

He also played a part in the News Corporation scandal, overseeing the company's BSkyB bid which he refused to refer to the competition commission. The Leveson inquiry into phone hacking activities revealed Hunt's improper contact with News Corp's James Murdoch, congratulating him on the success of his bid. The bid was eventually dropped.

He was also responsible for the security at the Olympics in which private company G4S, having been awarded a lucrative contract, failed to provide sufficient security personnel. The deficit was only plugged by mobilising the armed forces.

So this is the guy Cameron thinks is the best man to run our NHS. Corruption and scandal seem to be the only way Hunt works.

Health workers will be thinking of some rhyming chants for demos as we continue to fight for our NHS!

A health worker

Other lesser spotted ministers

Out of 27 ministers, 17 are Oxbridge educated and only four are women. Among the reshuffled are:

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