As the scandal surrounding News International unfolds on a daily if not hourly basis, one issue which the Opposition and the media are likely to continue to press is the appointment of Andy Coulson to the Director of Communications role at No.10.
John Major nowadays rarely ventures into public debate. But in a Ditchley Foundation lecture delivered to a large part of the political and civil service establishment on Saturday, he set out not one but two bold ideas for today’s politicians to ponder.
The publication yesterday of Ipsos Mori’s Veracity Index again shows the low regard in which the public hold ministers and politicians. But it begs the question of why they pay so much attention to the press.
The Institute's latest report, The Challenge of Being a Minister, has produced a number of sensible and straightforward insights and ideas for addressing issues relevant to ministerial effectiveness. But weaved amongst them were two arguments that inevitably invite contention: the rise of career politicians and the impact of special advisers (SpAds).