I WAS invited on to Radio 5 Live earlier today to respond or comment on Digby Jones’s statement that being a junior minister is “one of the most dehumanising and depersonalising experiences” anyone could have.
I was asked my own perspective which, you will be unsurprised to know, is rather different from Digby’s.
The key thing for any junior minister (or Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, as it’s formally known) to understand is his or her place in the scheme of things which is, by definition, at the bottom of the ministerial chain of command in any department. Is it perhaps conceivable that Lord Jones’s disappointment with his former role stems from an inability to accept that he was the “new boy” at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform? Maybe he felt the job was beneath him.
His comments about there being too many civil servants and that they are overpaid are entirely predictable and hardly worth commenting upon, but they did make me wonder if DG has been posting on this site under a pseudonym…