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Posts Tagged: Whitehall
Johnson – at a stroke, a bigger player in foreign affairs, because of his larger majority. But what does he want to do?
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.
Julian Brazier: So Downing Street wants to tackle defence procurement. Here are five ways in which it should change.
Talk of more competition can be naïve if the choice simply amounts to either buying from a national monopoly or making an off-the-shelf purchase from the USA.
Rachel Wolf: I co-wrote this Conservative manifesto. And so can say that its focus was on neither the rich nor the poor.
To view Britain in such a way is to see a useless picture of the nation. Most people are Just About Managing. And they are our new voters.
Don’t expect Downing Street to bother too much about what MPs or the media think as it prepares to shake up government and Whitehall.
The trend of the public-facing political aide near the top of government will do more harm than good.
It’s not an optional extra – it’s crucial to delivering an effective Brexit and making the most of the opportunities outside the EU.
Governing is harder than campaigning – and doing so with next to no majority in an emerging constitutional crisis is another order altogether.
That newspapers may technically be open to proceedings over the Darroch cables highlights weaknesses in our legislation.
Daniel Hannan: For Brexit to work, power must be stripped from the quangocrats – and returned to people we elect
Over the past three years, we have seen large chunks of our bureaucracy – civil servants, quangocrats and other officials – working to frustrate the referendum result.
They’re an easy target for criticism, but SpAds make all the difference to the Government’s performance and the Party’s prospects.
Nick Hillman: Don’t be swayed by the outrage. Treating EU students like other non-British students makes sense.
There are real problems with the Government’s general approach to international students. But morally and economically, this decision is the right one.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: Leadsom is unbelievably rude to Clarke while Letwin leads a conservative revolution
The Leader of the House is as cloth-eared as Jeremy Corbyn when it comes to dealing with her own backbenchers.
This will be our last big chance to send a strong message to the people who are supposed to lead our country.
William Keegan’s memoir describes with ebullient good humour how he covered half a century of bad news.