Attack of the Killer SPADs

80 Special Advisers (“SPADs”) are at work in Whitehall for the Labour party. Essentially they are political commissars with open party affiliations paid for by the tax-payer to enforce the party line on the civil service. Under Thatcher there were a dozen or so across the entire government – Portillo was one of them – nowadays Blair has 20 or so in Downing Street alone.

The opposition parties are screaming foul, but to be honest what can be done to level the playing field – besides making the parties pay for them out of their own funds? Which is not bloody likely.

The fact is that the SPADs are now working full time for a Blair victory, only once the election date is announced will they move from Whitehall to Labour HQ or the constituencies in to which they have been parachuted…


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