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The question Construction minister


Construction minister Nigel Griffiths survived last week's ministerial reshuffle.

The jury is out on his effectiveness, so who do you think would make a good choice for the post?

Bob the Builder would make an excellent construction minister as he fully supports the Egan principles and is always optimistic with key catchphrases such as 'Working together we get the job done' and 'Can we fix it? Yes we can.' He also has a full complement of workers to suit the job and is politically correct at all times.

John Mc Evoy, 34, systems manager, Belfast Iguess the only member of the present government who could effectively be construction minister, good or otherwise, is Gordon Brown. If what we hear is only slightly correct he appears to be the only person with the authority and finance to do anything. Having said that, there appears to be no incentive for this government to steel themselves to deliver anything concrete, preferring rather to spend their time on pointless exercises such as banning foxhunting.

Michael Grounsell 56, chief engineer, London Graham Stringer MP - he could use his position to save the Manchester Metrolink expansion.

Andrew J Powell, senior group engineer, Manchester Bob the Builder vs Nigel Griffiths.

A ministerial contest of epic proportions.

Jon Goddard, 24, engineer, Manchester It has to be Bob the Builder. He has universal recognition, which is more than you can say for the people who usually get the job.

How about Glenda Jackson? A woman in charge of construction would be a pleasant change.

Mike Dommet, 47, engineer, London I think the best construction minister would be one of the Lego men. They always have a smile on their face, look great in a hard hat, are 100% committed to the construction industry, have worldwide appeal and couldn't say the wrong thing - what more could we ask for!

Charis Fowler, 32, senior engineer, Midlands I couldn't possibly single out an existing politician because they're all so proficient at building walls and digging holes - usually in the wrong place. Now Tommy Walsh (from BBC's Ground Force), knows a bit about building and his communication with the masses is second to none.

Vote Walsh I say.

Simon Lawrence, 31, senior engineer, Cardiff Ben Bradshaw MP. Since he's my local MP, I know he's good at constructing lots of facts about nothing and building on invisible foundations. From his hunting perspective, he can always say 'what the fox that' to any difficult questions.

Dudley Swain, 57, performance manager, Exeter How about Bob the Builder?

He gets everything done in a day, from house repairs to road building, with just three or four items of plant and some pink goo.

Andy Dunhill, technical director, Sheffield I think Bob the Builder would be a great minister, and not just for construction, I am sure he would be popular among the younger voters and get a lot of votes from engineering professionals.

Andy Eggleston, senior engineer, Wakefield

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