In some campaigns, the end result is overwhelmingly likely before a stump has been erected. This is not one of those occasions.
Posts Tagged: SpAds
Grieve’s demand for advisers’ correspondence touches on awkward questions of how transparency really works
He’s right that such data is public, even if in private hands. But the route he has taken to try to obtain it is full of difficulties.
Governing is harder than campaigning – and doing so with next to no majority in an emerging constitutional crisis is another order altogether.
They’re an easy target for criticism, but SpAds make all the difference to the Government’s performance and the Party’s prospects.
Jon Davis and John Rentoul’s new book contains valuable material, but cannot efface Iraq, or the former Prime Minister’s self-righteousness.
Iain Dale: Brexit Derangement Syndrome breaks out everywhere. Adonis, Bridgen – and now, alas, Boles. Everyone’s going bonkers.
Plus: Which of Hancock’s Slags should I liaise with? I’m not known as “Uncle Herod” for nothing. And: Here’s hoping 2019 is happier than 2018.
Andrew Goodfellow: The Conservative Research Department is as effective as ever – in a more complex and challenging world
Andrew Gimson’s article on this site yesterday was wrong about its condition. The quality of SpAds that it produces is still high.
Ministers like Amber Rudd have great difficulty finding able SpAds because the Conservative Research Department, which used to train them, has been destroyed.
Nick Faith: Five actions for new Secretaries of State as they get to grips with their new departments
Given Brexit, limited parliamentary time and a hung parliament, one priority is to demonstrate how leaving the EU will create specific opportunities for Britain.
The Home Office has somewhat improved its position, but still seems to think the will of a minister can overcome the laws of mathematics.
The former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards fought in Iraq, and is now the Prime Minister’s outreach director.
Now the number of MPs is being cut, why not cut the number of ministers? And SpAds? And local “Champions”?
Nick Timothy: Detailed analysis? Strategic planning? Not a bit of it. Let me tell you how a Spending Review really works
They ought to be an important opportunity for the Government to quicken the pace and improve the quality of reform.
SpAd code of conduct revised to permit what it didn’t permit but Conservative officials claimed it did permit
The new rules clarify when and how special advisers can engage in political activity, but come too late for those needlessly punished for the old system’s shortcomings.
Let’s hope he’s soon back on the Candidates List from which he should never have been excluded.