Administration Select Committee warns Prime Minister over media

The Government is too driven by the media's hunger for new policy initiatives, according to an influential committee of MPs.

Westminster: cabinet unrest
Westminster: cabinet unrest

In a new report, the Commons public administration select committee called for a greater focus on achieving good standards of basic adm­inistration, as opposed to responding to media and pol­itical pressure to take new initiatives or introduce new laws.

Committee chair Tony Wright said: ‘Now more than ever, there needs to be a wholesale change in the political culture to arrest the decline of public trust in government. Recent scandals about MPs’ expenses are the most obvious manifestation of this. But there are wider issues affecting government in Britain that need to be addressed.’

Meanwhile, a respected former special adviser has urged PM Gordon Brown to stick with the controversial ‘dividing lines’ on which he wants to fight the election.

It has been reported there is cabinet unrest over Brown’s plans to fight the next election on a platform of investment versus cuts. In an exclusive article for, Paul Richards, a former aide to Hazel Blears, says Brown should ‘stick to his guns’.


See Paul Richards' full article here

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