Chancellor George Osborne is not up the job – let him go

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Opinion Digest: the Chancellor's weakness, the Nicklinson case and Harry's big error in Vegas

LAST UPDATED AT 10:22 ON Thu 23 Aug 2012

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DAVID CAMERON NEEDS A NEW CHANCELLOR
MARTIN KETTLE ON THE CABINET RESHUFFLE
David Cameron might be reluctant to sacrifice his Chancellor in the upcoming cabinet reshuffle, but he cannot afford to let George Osborne cling on by his fingernails, writes Martin Kettle in The Guardian. This is not the worst government in our history, but it is one whose fortunes rest centrally on economic policy – and the Chancellor is not up to the job. With the help of Nick Clegg, Cameron has only one shot at a significant reshuffle before 2015. Personnel changes at the top have been extremely limited during the coalition's time in power, but a change in course is now unavoidable if Labour are to be defeated at the next election. So, change the policy and change the chancellor. Make Osborne party chairman. It might make all the difference in reviving confidence in the coalition.

NICKLINSON CASE DEMANDS ATTENTION
CAMILLA CAVENDISH ON ASSISTED SUICIDE
We must not allow one side of the debate over assisted suicide to pretend the practice will only open the door to uncontrolled murder if it is legalised, says Camilla Cavendish in The Times. The case of Tony Nicklinson, the sufferer of locked-in syndrome who chose starvation rather than ask his family to end his life and face prosecution, reminds us that modern medicine is capable of astonishing feats of cruelty, as well as of mercy. Nicklinson endured his desperate fate because he lived his life in a grey zone, occupying a weaker legal position position than both the less disabled and the terminally ill, despite being worse off than both. Canadian euthanasia laws have set the bar high and we can learn from these. British law needs to establish a distinction between the vulnerable and the capable. This is a fine line, and one we must figure out for ourselves.

HARRY GIVES AMMUNITION TO REPUBLICANS
PETER OBORNE ON PRINCE HARRY'S NAKED ROMP
The disgrace of Prince Harry's behaviour in Las Vegas is not simply about the photographic evidence, says Peter Oborne in The Daily Telegraph. Even if the images hadn't appeared, his conduct would still have been inappropriate. Harry is a royal and a soldier, and his duty to uphold the honour of these institutions comes first. There is a Republican juggernaut out there seeking to destroy the Royal family because it hates everything about the monarchy - its history, its tradition, its Britishness, its long association with the military. Harry's behaviour in Las Vegas gives credence to the idea that the British monarchy is no longer about public service but has become a branch of the entertainment industry, its members mere celebrities, with all that entails. · 

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