It is not normal for a former prime minister to return to cabinet in Britain. The Westminister model does not have a precedent where a former prime minister is asked to return to cabinet. But this has now happened. Rishi Sunak has broken this model and asked Cameron to return to cabinet despite Cameron not even being a member of parliament.
This move by the British prime minister is being interpreted as having set up a dangerous precedent that can be used by Starmer, in case Labour goes to government, to bring back Tony Blair to cabinet even though Blair would not contest the general election.
On a local level, this action by Sunak can offer a model for Robert Abela to bring Joseph Muscat back into the cabinet. Joseph Muscat moved out of politics after he resigned as prime minister. Yet, still, he has remained in the focus of attacks. However, more than return to cabinet, Sunak’s political move can give Muscat an excellent excuse to promote himself as an MEP candidate for the next European elections. If this were to happen, it would help Labour present a strong candidate for this election, which the Labour Party currently lacks.
Finally, it is an open secret that Joseph Muscat is a fan of Tony Blair and modelled his political career on Blair’s. Muscat will be anticipating Starmer’s next political move in deciding to participate in the EU elections.