Alex Wood questions the wisdom of appointing a secretary of state with no knowledge of her brief, Georgina Tate suggests the Chequers plan is almost as useless, while Adam Pollock draws parallels with Margaret ThatcherShould a politician be praised for honesty? Surely not Karen Bradley, who has just admitted her ignorance of Northern Ireland and its politics, prior to being given the post of secretary of state for Northern Ireland (Bradley blunder baffles both sides in Belfast, 8 September). While many will rightly be concerned about her taking on this very sensitive and demanding role with such a naive understanding of how politics works in part of her own country, it should also lead to a grown-up debate about the appointment of ministers in general.

There is also, of course, a question to be asked about her own faculties of judgment and self-awareness.

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