Editor’s comment: is a housing minister necessary?

“Can anyone,” I asked on Twitter on Tuesday, “make the case that housing minister is personally and individually a meaningful and influential post when, among the 39 ministers since 1945, there have been seven since 2010 and three in Theresa May’s 18 months as PM?”

You won’t be surprised to hear I got nothing back in the affirmative.

Assuming that transient politicians require experience in, and solutions to, the problems that their portfolios exist to address is an easy trap to fall into. They don’t. That’s what a skilled civil service providing continuity is