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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?

  1. Enjoy it! If you do, it will inspire others as well.
  2. Your diary secretary is your new best friend.
  3. Prep, prep, prep. Preparation is vital.
  4. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Don’t put decisions off – they’re the essence of being a minister.
  5. Prioritisation. The department’s priorities and definition of what is important may differ from your own.
  6. Explain Parliament to your private office.
  7. Keep your political edge. Don’t get cut off from colleagues.
  8. Communicate with your Secretary of State – either through structured catch-up sessions or more ad-hoc.
  9. Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries are not just the Secretary of State.
  10. 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!

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