It is one of my wife's favourite theses that failures appoint other failures like themselves. She was talking about some UK surgery departments that have a long term history of poor performance stretching well over 50 years brought about by 'Sir' appointing his former students and associates to fill new posts in the department. This is a depressing feature of medical life usually expressed by GPs as speciality X has always been a bit dodgy at University Y.
The same goes in politics, Cameron and Osborne etc but there the egos are so huge a bust up like Blair and Brown is inevitable eventually. It particularly happens with PMs and Chancellors who, if their government is to succeed must be joined at the hip Hence May not up to the job as PM appoints Hammond as Chancellor who is also not up to the job either with Rudd as failure in waiting for a vacancy in either position.
Today's Hammond budget was pathetic by any standards. It lacked any coherent message.If you are short of ammo as Hammond was concentrate your fire and keep it short and do not set up committees , targets etc .as I am sure he was advised by the Civil Service. Be seen as a man of action. Announce if work has not started on planned housing developments within 6 months I will step in with a compulsory purchase order to get things moving.. That will at least be cheaper than giving £50 bn plus to the EU. Abolish stamp duty entirely on houses costing less than £500k. Up free childcare to 40 hours a week. Be bold and keep it simple! What you do is secondary just be seen to be doing something clear that the Public will understand.
But May and Hammond are cut from the same gutless cloth. Hence the EU are walking all over us in these waste of time Brexit negotiations. Just say if the EU don't compromise in the December meeting we will go to WTO rules March 2019 but the truth is both May and Hammond have been taken prisoners by the Civil Service machine and neither has the wit or guts to stand up to Sir Jeremy. The way out is for Tory back benchers.who are going to lose their seats if things continue as they are to rise up and give May and Hammond the black spot .Otherwise its an open goal even Jezza won't miss