The trend of the public-facing political aide near the top of government will do more harm than good.
Posts Tagged: Whitehall
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.
The cohort of future Conservative leadership candidates would do well to start thinking about the structure of the Number 10 they want to build.
What is needed is professional, third party review and analysis of expenditure, department by department, cutting out duplication and waste.
It has secured an overwhelming dominance. Until or unless this changes, the Right may win elections – but to limited effect.
Alex Morton: This week, Hammond’s Budget. Next year, the Spending Review. It must focus on gaining more growth.
The Treasury should not simply accept the growth figures given by the OBR, but seek to raise them.
Joel Charles: After May’s conference speech and Hammond’s Budget, opportunity must be our core objective
We have a habit of looking back at policy platforms pursued by previous Conservative Governments, and attempting to bring back popular policies like a poor Hollywood remake.