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What every cabinet minister needs to know

If they are to last longer in their job than a hamster

By Sue Cameron   October 2019
Boris Johnson and his cabinet © Aaron Chown/PA Wire/PA Images

Boris Johnson and his cabinet © Aaron Chown/PA Wire/PA Images

Few British ministers survive as long as a hamster. The cute animals live for about four years—ministers are lucky if they stick around for two. The ministers swept into office on the coat-tails of the new prime minister Boris Johnson would do well to remember this important fact.

They’d do even better to read Peter Riddell’s new book. Largely based on interviews with former ministers by the Institute for Government—Riddell was…

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