Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Odds and ends

The Times has a list of ‘100 things you may not know about the first 100 days’ [£]. A few caught my eye.

10 Downing Street is cutting down on “garden girls” — No 10’s administration officials. One insider said there was less need for 4am help since Mr Brown’s departure.

Gordon Brown was criticised for shouting at these women. Much more compassionate to sack them.

53 Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, wanted to list “no top down reorganisations” as a success of his first 100 days. He was stopped by officials.

I wonder whether they actually believe their own PR?

82 Crispin Blunt angered No 10 by suggesting taxpayers should start paying for parties in jail. A Downing Street aide boasted that Mr Blunt was subsequently “bitch-slapped”.

The culture of aggressive, macho briefings against colleagues is dead. Long live the…

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