Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Malcolm Wicks MP 'What Ministers Do'


Malcolm Wicks
We are delighted that Malcolm Wicks has written a piece for PQ, due to be published in issue 83 3. In it he highlights the role of the minister along with the ups and the downs of parliamentary life. You can read Malcolm's insightful and fascinating article here.

He starts: "Having been a minister in three different departments for a period of over nine years (1999–2008), during the Blair and, briefly, the Brown governments, I thought it might be useful to reflect on what ministers actually do, their functions and how they spend their days. In thinking about what I did as a minister, I have avoided going back to some of the classic constitutional texts on what ministers supposedly do, how they are accountable and such like. I am sure there is good literature on this from political scientists and constitutionalists, but I have avoided influencing my own views and approach by consulting these texts."


Sunday, 1 July 2012

Kingsley Martin's 1930 The Influence of the Press



In April 1930, the Political Quarterly published 'The Influence of the Press' by Kingsley Martin which you can read here.  He writes:

'Fear is the easiest of all motives to exploit in the popular Press, and if Lord Rothermere and Lord Beaverbrook play a considerable part in the next election, it will be by stampeding the middle classes with the bogy of Russian propaganda or the menace of socialistic taxation. It will not be by creating new policy.'