The music hall magician

Simon Jenkins writes of the political era that officially ends this coming Wednesday. I like his analogy of Blair’s leadership in relation to the civil service:

[Under Thatcher, the civil service machine knew what was expected of them. Under Blair, on the other hand, it has been different.] Everything was ceaselessly reorganised. […] Nobody knew what Blair wanted other than a feelgood headline. Like a music hall magician, he thought that a frown of concern and a smile of reassurance would cut the lady in half.

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