So Mark Hoban has gone. He made absolutely no impact at the DWP, but apparently thinks he did. He told his local paper in Hampshire, "I have turned the Work Programme around and I have delivered on what I was asked to achieve." He is replaced by Esther McVey, who has an interesting background. Aged 46, she's from Liverpool; solidly middle class (a family business in demolition), a law degree, and a career in television before founding her own business. She only came into Parliament in 2010. No doubt Cameron thinks she will have the presentational skills which Iain Duncan Smith so conspicuously lacks. Also joining thee DWP as Minister of State is Mike Penning, a 56-year-old with a similar background to McVey (except he chose the army rather than television).
More interesting, perhaps, is the reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet, with the ineffectual Liam Byrne being replaced by Rachel Reeves as shadow work and pensions minister. Reeves is not a great TV performer, but she knows her stuff and is a formidable intellect. Don't expect IDS ever to debate with her publicly.
None of this makes any immediate difference to government policy, unfortunately.