Mark Hoban, the non-entity brought in to take over from bungling Employment Minister Chris Grayling at the DWP, is likely to prove a disastrous appointment as Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms start to crumble.
Mark Hoban is the archetypal Tory nobody, a boring middle aged man with a background in accountancy and who’s only significant political achievement is getting elected in a safe Tory seat. Hoban will leave his post as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and may well have been appointed as Cameron and Osborne’s mole as the DWP descends into increasing chaos.
Hoban does have some dubious links to the banking sector and previously worked for accountancy firm Price Waterhouse, but still doesn’t even manage to have a decent financial scandal to his name – well apart from him accepting a donation of services worth £150,ooo from Oliver Wyman Ltd, whose partner Davide Taliente was later given a role on the committee overseeing the break up of the FSA. But even that’s quite boring. Even his name is boring.
His voting record is equally dull, having rarely rebelled against the Government on anything, except for his ruthless opposition to LGBT rights. Hoban has voted against every piece of LGBT equality legislation, including Civil Partnerships, since he entered Parliament. Despite this, rumours just started on the internet suggest he is widely believed to be a closet homosexual by many members of his constituency.
Whilst Iain Duncan Smith will welcome some help from an accountant to cook the books, Hoban will be of little or no use when the shit hits the fan. Welfare reform is shaping up to be an unmitigated disaster and the last thing the quiet man needed was another grey man at the DWP.
Anyone, who can find anything at all remotely interesting about Mark Hoban please get in touch.
UPDATE: Disabled People Against Cuts have some information on Esther McVeigh, the new Minister for Disabled people: http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/09/more-about-esther-mcveigh-new-minister-for-disabled-people/
ANOTHER UPDATE: latest from google is that Hoban can’t even run a fucking website: