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Book Review: How to Be a Minister: A 21st-Century Guide by John Hutton and Leigh Lewis

By Josh Lowe  

unnamed (5)How to Be a Minister: A 21st-Century Guide by John Hutton and Leigh Lewis (Biteback, £18.99)

It’s not easy running the country, or even running a part of it through a government department. From civil wars with cabinet colleagues to losing the keys to their ministerial red boxes, secretaries of state can face a bewildering array of setbacks. The bulk of How to Be a Minister, whose authors are a former Labour minister, John Hutton, and a former permanent secretary, Leigh Lewis, is presented as a step-by-step handbook for these beleaguered souls.

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