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Diary: February 2013

Office space battles, Obsorne's wonk snaffling and Rushdie's meagre sales

By Prospect   February 2013

A winning team?

George Osborne is beefing up his political team, snaffling all the best policy wonks even as Downing Street is criticised for not having a strong enough political voice in its policy unit. His latest recruit is Neil O’Brien from Policy Exchange, a think tank which has risen in its influence on government. Osborne noticed how Gordon Brown used the Council of Economic Advisers to boost the number of political appointees, and is effectively creating his own policy unit. David Cameron, in contrast, still has a team of civil servants, many of whom worked for Tony Blair and…

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