A new study by Anthony Seldon of the office of Prime Minister gives too little credit to the many among its 55 holders whom he dismisses as failures.
Its future is not yet in the bag, but it has made a remarkably assured start. Much now depends on the genius of its editors.
Seldon’s latest book, composed in only six months, will at best be a quarry on which future historians can draw.
“Within a few months of the election the Treasury and two other departments tried take foreign students out of the migration statistics altogether.”
Authors have less access to papers than their predecessors, and their subjects tend to be less interesting – and are often still alive.
The work, a collaboration with Isabel Oakeshott, will be published this autumn. But you can pre-order now.
These days, our politicians are often accused of having no experience of the ‘real world’, as if working in a think tank or advising a minister is to book a one-way ticket to fairyland. Is this a fair criticism? Admittedly, the CVs of Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Miliband aren’t exactly black with the grime of quotidian existence, […]
Professor Anthony Seldon is Master of Wellington College, a political historian and biographer of Tony Blair. By the end of 2011, commentators had reached a consensus that David Cameron had failed to produce a coherent domestic agenda, beyond George Osborne’s strategy for the recession and Michael Gove’s activism in schools. The ‘Big Society’, many concluded, […]