Is There a Prime Ministers Department? Essay

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Is there a Prime Minister’s department? Since Tony Blair’s second term in 2001, the Prime Ministers position has become increasingly more similar to that of a president. Much physical reorganisation has happened within the Prime Minister’s department along with member reshuffling which has enabled the redirection of shared resources to pass through the Prime Minister first. As the Prime Minister gains control of more resources, he/she gains control of what information can be shared to the cabinet. During May 2002 the Labour party went through a cabinet reshuffle. The effect of this reshuffle saw Lord Macdonald become head of the cabinet office even though Lord Macdonald was not part of the cabinet, not being part of the cabinet meant that Lord Macdonald only answered to the Prime Minister which at the time was Tony Blair. This was an elevation in resources for the Prime Minister alone which sidelined the rest of the cabinet as Tony Blair had greater command of the Prime cabinet. Some positions within the Prime Minister’s Office have also been given to the Prime Ministers special advisers instead of MP’s. Examples in the past include unelected Alastair Campbell who took the position of Director of Communications. These unelected advisers and spin doctors along with the increased resources allowed the Labour government to create papers such as the September Dossier and the Iraq Dossier which eventually led to the declaration of war on Iraq. As Tony Blair created his inner circle, the existence of the Prime Ministers Department became more solid. These Appointed spin doctors were some of the only people who had the power to command civil servants. In recent years there have also been more frequent meeting between small groups of ministers who are usually those most loyal to the Prime Minister, these groups have been dubbed as kitchen cabinets and are still seen
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