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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: