“Conservatives particularly believe that no particular person, or even a government, has a monopoly on the best ideas”, the former Chancellor tells the House.
The trend of the public-facing political aide near the top of government will do more harm than good.
They’re an easy target for criticism, but SpAds make all the difference to the Government’s performance and the Party’s prospects.
Andrew Gimson’s article on this site yesterday was wrong about its condition. The quality of SpAds that it produces is still high.
Reshuffles, reorganisations, investigations – the Director General of the Propriety and Ethics Team in the Cabinet Office is always in on the action.
Now the number of MPs is being cut, why not cut the number of ministers? And SpAds? And local “Champions”?
But it’s their quality that matters more.