By Simon James
Absolutely revised and up-dated, this re-creation of Simon James finished and obtainable textual content maintains to supply a great perception into this important subject of British politics. It attracts at the wealth of latest fabric that has develop into to be had in recent times to make clear the mechanisms, constitution and realities of the cupboard approach in Britain from 1945 to the current 1945. Its assurance includes:
· ministers and their departments
· collective decision-making
· the position of the best Minister
· the strengths and weaknesses of the cupboard system
· the way forward for the cupboard procedure. British cupboard govt will provide either A-level scholars and undergraduates a transparent realizing of the realities of this crucial element of British politics.
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Junior officials prepare detailed drafts for their seniors, who in turn clear the broad lines of the proposal with their superiors. The personnel and finance branches are squared. The press office advises on the presentational aspects; the lawyers are asked if there is any danger of a legal challenge. ’ In his diary, Crossman complained that Whitehall used to overdo the meticulous preparation. Often, he said, the first he knew of a proposal was when a sizeable submission turned up in his overnight box.
Perhaps he recalled past conflicts caused by the economists Balogh and Kaldor in the Treasury in the 1960s. Significantly, the senior civil servants’ trade union, the First Division Association 30 Ministers and their departments took it quietly. But the Deputy Prime Minister, for one, admitted that the activities of spin doctors had ‘created tension’ (Channel 4 1998) and in July 1997 the Government propagated new guidelines for the Government Information and Communication Service reminding it of long-standing requirements not to become involved in attacking the Opposition nor to engage in the imagebuilding of ministers (Cabinet Office 1997c).
Junior ministers should not be confused with parliamentary private secretaries. Each Cabinet minister has his PPS, while his junior ministers will share one. Tam Dalyell, who was PPS to Crossman, compared himself to Sancho Panza, nurturing the minister’s links with the Commons, arranging pairs for his votes, keeping in touch with opinion, planting questions with sympathetic MPs at question time, and making himself useful when the department was promoting legislation (Dalyell 1989). PPSs see something of the department’s work, attending briefings for question time and the like, but only sometimes do they develop the confidential relationship with ministers that gives access to key meetings and papers.
British cabinet government by Simon James