Civil servants drew up a scheme to transfer a lot of responsibility to the Civil Service. The new team may regret signing up to it.
The Director of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit on his four tests for new Government policies – and moving on from the confidence vote.
For Johnson to discuss decisions bilaterally with ministers on WhatsApp without telling anyone and regularly backtrack undermines his own office.
The Government gains from her making a Tory case on disparities, which too few of her colleagues are willing to do.
These two institutions at the very centre of Government do not appear to be operating the way they should.
These moves are like those of a boxer who throws his arms round his opponent in an attempt to save himself from a knock-out blow.
The Prime Minister is being urged to employ more women, but here is one who already makes it difficult for him to get away with sloppy thinking.
The Prime Minister’s hospitalisation accentuates the need for a new strategic structure to support a new strategic plan.
There were plenty of Yes Minister routines and scripts to live through then as now. Much of the system did not like the privatisation programme.
Would the Government have the bottle for planning, childcare and police overhauls – and will Downing Street sign up to this plan anyway?
The cohort of future Conservative leadership candidates would do well to start thinking about the structure of the Number 10 they want to build.
It would be easy, but mistaken, to take the path of least resistance and simply re-enact the dated Cameron ‘modernising’ agenda.