The Powell Critique

I found the attached article in the New Statesman by Jonathan Powell ( one of the more effective critiques of the current apparent paralysis of the government and parliament in negotiating the terms of Brexit: powerful because it comes from someone who has been at the heart of government and knows how it does (and doesn’t) work. Leave aside the fact that some of the corrosion of trust surely came under Blair – the era of sofa government, the 24-hour news cycle, and the manipulation of data to legitimate going to war – it does suggest that we are facing a set of long-term issues in the management and dissemination of news, belief in its truth, and in government and its relationship to the civil service, not just a short-term crisis.


5 thoughts on “The Powell Critique

  1. John Holden says:

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention Charles. It is an excellent article indeed, and should be compulsory reading in Westminster and Whitehall, regardless of party or Brexit position.
    All good wishes

  2. Richard Bram says:

    I just read it yesterday. It’s one of the most cogent analyses I’ve seen.

    Richard Bram, Photographer Flat 2, Barge Wharf 94 Narrow Street London E14 8BP UK tel: 020-7897-1717 cel: 07767-251-985


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