Political history

  • On Ministers and Mandarins

    The accountability of senior civil servants, and how far they should be independent of politicians or responsible to them, has been a recurrent theme of recent British political history. During the Blair years, retired mandarins muttered darkly of sofa government...

  • New Canada, New Labour: Trudeau takes a lesson in Blairite government

    As the Labour Party wrestles over whether to honour or disown its New Labour past, Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has been busy assembling the architecture of a Blairite central government. Trudeau’s youth, good looks and self-declared “sunny ways”...