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"My local police force has a media spokesperson who does pieces to camera and interviews to the press. My local authority also has such a person that holds the same responsibilities.
In fact, most organisations of note in the public eye have departments and individuals to perform a media liaison task, so why not the government?
There are positives for a press secretary such as the US has. It frees up ministers to get on with the actual work of governing and creating policy. It presents a unified face to the public with the same voice and the same language (the same meaning of the words said, the same jargon).
It SHOULD be a non-political, civil service position so that whichever government is in power cannot seed the position with loyalists to spout whatever propaganda is required at the time. It should also attract a salary LESS than a government minister."
Quite agree it SHOULD be non-political, but as it is an appointment of the PM’s office it cannot be. They are hardly going to appoint someone who has different opinions as themselves. I wouldn’t appoint a spokesperson for my company who didn’t tow the company line.
So, by definition it has to be a political appointee.
If the appointment is only so that Bozo and his puppet master can stay away from the cameras and avoid any gaffs. Then it is an abuse of public funds to make this appointment, and the appointee should be paid for from Conservative Central Office
If it is going to be a Civil Servant fulfilling the task. With the Conservative Party’s attitude toward the Civil Service it is an appointment that wont last long. Mainly because Civil Servants won’t tow the party line and the Rabid Right of the Tories will be up in arms from day one.
I do wonder thought why the great Bozo with all his media Bonhomie, who loves the staged event, who pops up where ever there is a camera and a chance of getting himself on the News at six pm, would want such an appointee. Is he perhaps losing his ability to get the message across? Is he running scared? Has he run out of ideas or indeed did he ever have any? Or could it be perhaps he knows the sh*t storm that is coming. When there is an enquiry in to the handling of Covid19 and the after effects of January the 1st on the British economy, and he’s looking for the flack to go elsewhere.