From Downing Street just now:
LORD BRITTAN ANNOUNCED AS TRADE ADVISER TO THE PRIME MINISTER
The coalition has been scouring high and low through Britain’s boardrooms to find a trade minister working at the top level of UK plc. Their entreaties have been turned down by the likes of Sir John Rose, ceo of Rolls-Royce, Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of M&S, and Mervyn Davies, former chair of Standard Chartered.
At least to be their trade adviser. They are still looking for someone to fill the minister slot.
It’s buried right near the end of a very long piece by Allegra Stratton in the Guardian yesterday – thus the delay – but it is a beautiful vignette from inside Downing Street:
There are many inevitable tensions from trying to force some notably varied policy ideas into the coalition’s one-size-fits-all narrative. Hilton* sits in meetings and asks of all suggestions put forward: “But is it transformative?“, while his hand indicates thought-bubbles ascending from his head.
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