Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Tactical Briefing

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Tactical Briefing

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From: The Unit

To: GB

Subject: Abolishing the Unit

* So, the first thing we at the Unit feel is worth looking at this week is the paper that was circulated to us by way of being left on the photocopier, entitled Abolishing the Unit.

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* Really grateful that your new No 10 team has taken a look back at the policy advice we've been giving over the past year. Only sad that they have so badly misunderstood it.

* Of course, out of the heat of the political battle, some of our work may look unduly influenced by day-to-day political currents. Picked out for criticism in particular was our policy paper on the pros and cons of an early election, Go Gord Go: For the Love of God Grab Your Balls and Go For It!!!; and the one issued later that night after some of us had been to the pub and thought about it more--No Gord, No!!! No Logic, No Need, No-Brainer: 20 Reasons Against Going Early.

* Then, of course, there was our pre-Budget advice, Inheriting the Earth! Undercutting the Opposition on Inheritance Tax and Bathing in the Wealth of Votes That Will Cascade Down the Generations of Duped Swing Voters. To us, it feels somewhat unfair to look back now at a piece of policy advice on a long-term revenue issue that was really only designed for consumption that week. Several months later, obviously, that policy is going to look opportunistic and self-defeating. But that doesn't mean it wasn't right that week. …

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