THIS WEEK’S BIG QUESTION: Would you employ Charlie Whelan?

Opinion is divided over the benefits of hiring the Chancellor’s former spin doctor

Opinion is divided over the benefits of hiring the Chancellor’s

former spin doctor

Jonathan Haslam

London Metal Exchange

’Anyone who has the Chancellor’s private phone numbers is worth his

weight in euros. His first task would be to stiffen the Government’s arm

and ensure that daft European directives classifying some scrap metal as

hazardous waste are repealed. Then it’s the world stage as he makes sure

in the next round of the World Trade Organisation negotiations that the

Japanese bring down trade barriers ’

Stephen Lock

Ludgate Public Affairs

’My reluctance would be about hiring anyone where I would fear having to

be constant broker between consultant and client. It also has to be said

that Government spin doctors often don’t translate well into the private

sector where life is about coaxing clients, rather than letting them

have it both barrels.’

Kelvin MacKenzie

Talk Radio

’Talk’s Sunday morning show with former lobbyist Derek Draper and

Express columnist Peter Hitchens has attracted a lot of interest, but

that’s not to say that every high-profile political aide or commentator

makes a successful broadcaster. We’re always interested in people with

controversial views which they can communicate intelligently, but it

obviously has to be on a whole range of issues - not just the comings

and goings of Westminster.’

Ellen Taverner

Credit Suisse Asset Management

’I can see no reason not to employ him. His resignation was a good

indication that he understands the role of a communicator completely, in

that once he became the story and not the narrator it was time to


He has proved to be a successful strategist at the heart of the

Government’s sophisticated financial communications operation. There is

no reason to believe that he could not duplicate his success in the

private sector.’

Gill Morris

Connect Public Affairs

’Charlie is a skilled, accomplished, talented and politically astute

press magnet, but not someone any public affairs company would want to

engage in the post-Draper and anti-spin era. That’s not to say he is not

an attractive option for the PR industry; most possibly an in-house

role, but more likely a return to his trade union roots, a political

columnist, or putting some spin into Tottenham Hotspur.’

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