One of the great advantages of the American system is that anybody can be appointed to the Cabinet: in theory at least, that can make it more meritocratic.

In Britain, only members of Parliament can join Theresa may’s Government; in America, the formal separation between executive and legislative branches means that Donald Trump can propose anybody he wants. They don’t have to be members of the House or Senate or have ever held any elected position. In some cases, Trump has gone for traditional politicians; but in other cases he has decided to appoint business leaders, retired generals and others.

In itself, this is hardly original: George Bush appointed Hank Paulson, a former Goldman boss, to be Treasury Secretary, and Bill Clinton did the same with Robert Rubin, a former co-senior partner at the firm. But Trump has gone even further in tapping into Wall Street: this has wrong-footed his…

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