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Westminster and Whitehall should learn from the business world when working out how to run themselves

By Harold Atcherley  

Lord Heseltine: a politician and a manager

A very timely question was posed by the editor of Prospect in the November issue as to whether Britain’s “government is fit for purpose”, to which a number of eminent figures involved in the world of Whitehall and Government argued their case for reform. Not one of them addressed what disturbs the electorate most: the lack of effective management of our democracy.

In the December issue Francis Maude replied with a piece in which the idea of management was…

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