How important are ministers?

By Michael Burton | 28 January 2020
  • Michael Burton

Do we need ministers? All 109 of them? The answer from local government chief officers will almost certainly be a resounding ‘no’ or at least a reluctant acceptance so long as ministers avoid the temptation to interfere.

Diaries from Tory politician Alan Clark and Labour’s Chris Mullin both hilariously describe the futility of junior ministerial life, an endless round of dreary site visits, pointless meetings and long days rammed with appointments put together by private secretaries to keep their political bosses occupied. With a reshuffle due after Brexit day this week it is time to ask just what we expect from politicians.

Want full article access?

Receive The MJ magazine each week and gain access to all the content on this website with a subscription.

Full website content includes additional, exclusive commentary and analysis on the issues affecting local government.


Already a subscriber? Login

Whitehall MHCLG Housing Universal Credit Brexit