Rod Clark’s guide to being a Minister reads like The Thick of It.
So what tips does the civil servant offer to those new to the ministerial jobs?
- Enjoy it! If you do, it will inspire others as well.
- Your diary secretary is your new best friend.
- Prep, prep, prep. Preparation is vital.
- Decisions, decisions, decisions. Don’t put decisions off – they’re the essence of being a minister.
- Prioritisation. The department’s priorities and definition of what is important may differ from your own.
- Explain Parliament to your private office.
- Keep your political edge. Don’t get cut off from colleagues.
- Communicate with your Secretary of State – either through structured catch-up sessions or more ad-hoc.
- Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries are not just the Secretary of State.
- Make space for families – eg. don’t have red boxes delivered at 7am on a Saturday morning.
Looks like the Independent on Sunday got the story, and the UK press are sharing (without linking) like mad. So we might as well join in as well!