Jay, whose own politics are to the Right (he received his knighthood for writing the Queen’s Christmas speeches and once worked in public relations), will not be drawn as to whether it was MPs’ expenses that made him decide that a stage version would be ‘such fun’.
But he insists, like Lynn, that government has only changed on the surface. Indeed, the Sir Humphreys of Whitehall have increased their influence.
‘Despite what other people might like you to think, civil servants hold the power. They actually dominate more now because fewer politicians today have experience of real work and the real world. The civil servants have to teach them.’ (…)
There are BlackBerries and Twitter accounts and a female special adviser who calls the Prime Minister ‘Jim’. The words ‘bloody’ and ‘b***job’ also make a surprise appearance.