Daily Archives: August 10, 2009

Jim Pickard

I revealed in this morning’s FT that there are a dozen vacancies among the lowest ranks of government; the Parliamentary Private Secretaries. What does this mean? Well, it seems to suggest that many Labour MPs are resigned to defeat. Becoming a PPs is broadly thankless (and unpaid) but does usually offer the prospect of future promotion.

We had to commission Dods to do the research because no one in government had a list; 10 Downing Street, Cabinet Office, Labour. 

Jim Pickard

The new food review by Defra promises much but offers little*. As far as I can make out, there is a lot of widescreen chin-stroking (sorry, moral leadership) about future food shortages and the need to get green but nothing remotely concrete – unless you count a new website “Food 2030″ for the public to write in with suggestions. 

Jim Pickard

David Lammy for next Labour London mayor?

Lord Mandelson tells Decca Aitkenhead in an interview that hs is now a “kindly pussycat” rather than a big beast, before admitting; “I’ve learned from experience that you can defeat people without killing them”.