What is the point of a minister without powers?
Published 01/11/2016 | 02:30
What is the purpose of a Minister of State?
We don't have all day, so let's not explore the question too philosophically.
Traditionally, the so-called 'half-car' was a sinecure for loyalty to a leader or a buttress to guard against the loss of a seat in a constituency by bumping up the regional spread of appointments.