I was unaware that NCE had been incorporated into the Daily Mail - or perhaps the Sun. Your editorial of 11 May was worthy of such scurrilous tabloids - intemperate, politically biased and ignorant.
The prime minister carried out a much heralded reshuffle of his ministers and was accused of being bizarre, reactionary and head of a ridiculous system of government. The system is called democracy which, despite its faults, is generally regarded as a decent way to run a country.
The various ministers listed as 'long serving' were able to serve for up to nine years only because Tony Blair is a highly successful prime minister. The accusations you have made are based upon guesswork and are defamatory and totally unworthy of a serious journal.
Of course the 'real decisions' are made in Downing Street, which contains the home of the chancellor and the cabinet office as well as Number 10.
If Tony Blair was so intent on retaining absolute control, why would he have left the ministers referred to in their jobs for so long?
Oliver's suggestions on ways to improve the system are simply incoherent and make it obvious that he has minimal understanding of the democratic process.
Ian Hamilton (M), 1 Albert Road, Richmond TW10 6DJ