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Who are the Parliamentary Private Secretaries?

I have written before about Parliamentary Private Secretaries. In 2013 I observed that these unpaid Ministerial aides have perhaps the least glamorous job in parliament. Theirs’ is also perhaps the most elusive job in parliament. Although they are unpaid and therefore … Continue reading

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Government or governance? It all depends on who governs

The study of government has long been a central preoccupation of the discipline of politics to the extent that the two are often viewed as synonymous. Many now embark on a politics degree after studying for an A-level in Government and Politics. On arriving … Continue reading

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Shades of grey: a challenging frontbench recognition test

I’ve written before about the frontbench recognition test which I inflict upon my first year politics students (see ‘Is it Yvette Harman?’). The test involves showing the students a  small selection of photographs of members of the frontbench team of each of … Continue reading

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Is it Yvette Harman? Frontbench recognition and leadership succession

At the beginning of each year I test my first year politics students by presenting them with a series of photographs of members of the frontbench teams of each of the three main political parties and asking them to identify them and … Continue reading

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Sharing the blame: tensions over Civil Service reform

I mentioned in an earlier post that proposed Civil Service reforms were likely to cause tensions between the Government and senior civil servants. The reforms which are being developed by the Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, include proposals to allow Ministers to … Continue reading

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