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Guess how many special advisers Brown has.

I would have guessed four or five, with an outside maximum of ten.

He has, in fact, twenty four.

And here they are: Greg Beales, Theo Bertram, Nicola Burdett, Stephen Carter, Konrad Caulkett, Matt Cavanagh, Dan Corry, Colin Currie, Jo Dipple, Justin Forsyth, Michael Jacobs, Gavin Kelly, Richard Lloyd, Patrick Loughran, Damian McBride, Jennifer Moses (unpaid, which is nice), David Muir, Geoffrey Norris, Sue Nye, Nick Pearce, Lisa Perrin, Paul Sinclair, Nick Stace and Stewart Wood.

Three of them are part time, so I suppose one could be generous and say 22.5.

Firstly, that is not a kitchen cabinet, it is a class room of the little blighters, and haven't they, collectively, proved to be about as much use as an inflatable dartboard. I do not suppose that 'SpAd to Broon 2008' on a CV is going to open many doors come The Reckoning. They cannot be all that special either.

Further, these people are making a very nice scratch, four of them making £140,560, and all making at least a shade under £40,000.

Other ministers generally have two apiece, but respect to Flint, Benn, Baroness Royall (of Blaisdon, no less), Murphy, Browne and Purnell for making do with just one.

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Blogger Lord James Bigglesworth said... 9:31 am

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Blogger Lord James Bigglesworth said... 9:31 am

Everything in society is arranged so fairly, isn't it?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:38 am

At times I have thought having an entourage would be amusing, but 24? That makes Hollywoods's finest look restrained. His (our..) drinks bill when he goes out with his gang must be eye-popping.  

Blogger Blue Eyes said... 11:57 am

It does go a way to explaining why Brown is so confused. With 24 people shouting advice at you, who wouldn't get in a muddle? I am surprised he allows that many people into his inner circle - I thought he trusted no-one!!

And some of the people who direct national policy are worth less than £40k a year in the real world (I assume the public purse overpays at least some of them).  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:36 pm

And not one who ever thought to whisper "Remember, Caesar, you are mortal" to him on Black Wednesday, 27/6/7.  

Blogger Praguetory said... 5:05 pm

Doesn't look like a very diverse bunch. Just saying, that's all.  

Blogger Unsworth said... 6:43 pm

Is that 'making do with' or is it that nobody wants to work with them?

Just as one instance, nothing - I mean, nothing - would induce me to work with that Cruella de Ville Flint woman. As for Browne I'm afraid that I might end up doing a little facial remodelling for him with my trusty rusty cut-throat. Still, that Purnell seems like a nice boy. Has he got an odour problem or something?  

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