...negotiating a potential coalition, here's how the readers of 'A View from Ham Common' rank the import of the various cabinet posts that may be on offer.
To recap - every voter had 5 votes to distribute to the 5 posts they would most like us to have. PM was not an option. I counted the Treasury as one option (Chancellor) even though it's two roles. The results (in descending order ) were
International Development (41%)
DPM/ Constitutional affairs (35%)
Home Sec (23%)
Anything else scored less than 20%
The results are surprising, are they not?
None of the 'Big 3' departments - Treasury, Home Office, FCO - feature highly.
The top 2 are departments where we don't currently hold the cabinet post
Despite the fact that we have had no end of Civil Libs trauma with the Home Office, it seems we would be happy to let the other party hold on to it.
Despite our failure to get much done on the big constitutional areas, Election Reform and House of Lords Reform, we're keen to hang on to it.
And environment - where we didn't have a single minister until after the reshuffle - comes top.
Quite a surprise I think