To What Extent Is There A Prime Minister's Department?

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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…show more content…
Advisers have always received less accountability than MP’s as advisers do not represent constituencies which provide scrutiny, advisers on the other hand funnel accountability onto the Prime Minister such as Tony Blair. With this done, there is increased media attention on the Prime Minister. With increased attention on Prime Ministers, presidential factors such as style of leadership and charm come into play which are not requirements for Prime Ministers. These spin doctors have also been placed as advisers such as Steve Hilton who was known for working for David Cameron as a think tank. By replacing experienced civil servants with appointed advisers David Cameron created a customised department which suits him. However this has caused trouble with civil servants as their jobs become unneeded, Steve Hilton faced a leaking campaign against him as civil servants disagreed with Hilton’s attitude towards policy. Eventually Steven Hilton
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