Friday, December 21, 2007

The heart of the matter

Another rushed one: Reading Tristram Hunt’s lament about the continuing phenomenon of departmental capture of ministers at the various transport departments that we’ve had in recent years, I can’t help wondering if this would be the case if we had a stronger link between politicians and their own civil servants – in-and-outers?

If we didn’t have a media that is prepared to connive with mandarins and pressure groups in search of a story, instead of in search of a government with some sense of direction?

If we had more politicians with their own personal profile, people who originated in local government, people who could sit around a cabinet table and decide whether they were going to keep the current PM – rather than the other way around. Politicians with many (but not all) of the characteristics of Comrade Ken?

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