James Forsyth

The Downing Street hole that Cameron needs to fill

The Downing Street hole that Cameron needs to fill
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The coalition is about to face a lot more pressure. From September the 25th, there’ll be a new Labour leader orchestrating the attacks on it. Then, on October 20th the coalition will have to spell out cuts the like of which we haven’t seen in Britain for generations.

If the coalition is to get through this period, it’ll need its own operation to be fighting fit. As I say in the Mail on Sunday, there’s a need for someone in Downing Street to tie the whole operation together, to see round political corners for the coalition.

The coalition’s Downing Street is, compared to most political operations, a fairly harmonious place. But it is very siloed: there’s little communication between the policy and press sides.

What is needed is someone to make sure that everyone knows what everyone else is doing. At the moment, George Osborne is doing this role as well as being Chancellor. But given the demands of that job, this is not sustainable in anything other than the short-term.

 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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