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.theguardian - 4 days ago

Desire to deliver behind No 10 s power grab – but it could backfire

Prime ministers use enforcers to try to realise election pledges but their lifespans are limited“In No 10, there’s nothing there: there’s nothing behind the door.” Stewart Wood, who advised Gordon Brown during his premiership, says he can understand Dominic Cummings’ desire to gather more of the levers of power into the prime minister’s hands.“There’s a secre a few clever officials are on and the advisers. And that’s it,” Lord Wood says. “And the job of the adviser at No 10 is to make something happen. You’ve got to be strategic, you’ve got to bully departments, you’ve got to work with departments. The only levers you’ve got are the ministers, the special advisers.” Continue reading...


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