To give real service, you must add something which cannot be measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
Chancellor Sajid Javid needs to be a little more cautious when it comes to announcements.
He was supposedly considering a change to house buying rules so that sellers pay stamp duty instead of buyers. Two days after the announcement, he denied ever suggesting such an idea.
This kind of whisper can stall the property market for months as buyers and sellers wait to see what happens - so in future Mr Javid may want to stamp out any unsubstantiated rumours a little more swiftly.
In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure.In a busy market place, not standing out is the same as being invisible.
It appears almost certain that there will be another new housing minister named when a new Conservative leader - and thus Prime Minister - is elected by members over the coming months.
With the weekend political TV shows dominated by speculation over which of the many potential candidates might succeed, a consequence of any change will be a reshuffle of the Cabinet and junior ministerial posts.
Kit Malthouse has been in the post as housing minister now for just under eleven months - a short time but significantly longer than some of his predecessors. James Brokenshire, secretary of state at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, has been in the post for just under fourteen months.
Malthouse has been the seventeenth housing minister in only twenty-two years and the merry-go-round of people in that post - just as rapidly turning under recent Labour governments as under the past nine years of Conservative-led government - has caused long-standing frustration in the agency and construction industries.
The post has recently been seen as a stepping stone to other things.
Malthouse's predecessor as housing minister, Dominic Raab, is now front runner in the race to succeed Theresa May as Tory leader; the minister before that, Alok Sharma, was moved to what is seen as a more senior role at the Department of Work and Pensions; and the one before that, Gavin Barwell, became advisor to May herself after he lost his parliamentary seat in the snap General Election in 2017.
HERE'S THE LIST OF HOUSING MINISTERS SINCE 1997:
- Hilary Armstrong (1997 - 1999)
- Nick Raynsford (199 - 2001)
- Charlie Falconer (2001 - 2001)
- Jeff Rooker (2001 - 2003)
- Keith Hill (2003 - 2005)
- Yvette Cooper (2005 - 2007)
- Caroline Flint (2007 - 2008)
- Margaret Beckett (2008 - 2009)
- John Healey (2009 - 2010)
- Grant Shapps (2010 - 2012)
- Mark Prisk (2012 - 2013)
- Kris Hopkins (2013 - 2014)
-Brandon Lewis (2014 - 2016)
- Gavin Barwell (2016 - 2017)
- Alok Sharma (2017 - 2018)
- Dominic Raab (2018)
- Kit Malthouse (2018 - 2019)
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Andy Halls, the tv editor for The Sun, has reported that bosses at ITV have signed a multi-million pound deal to be part of Britain's biggest planned theme park.
Christened Britain's Disneyland, the theme park should be open by 2024 in Swanscombe on the site of an old cement works.
The park will be huge, around 535 acres, and will be around three times larger than any other theme park in the UK. It's estimated the new theme park will also create around 35,000 jobs which will be fantastic for the population in Dartford and the surrounding areas.
ITV have suggested that the park will be based around popular children's series such as Thunderbirds and Robozuna and other shows from the BBC, such as Doctor Who and Top Gear could also be represented.
We'll be keeping an eye on developments and will keep you all updated accordingly.