No shrinking violets

August 13, 2004

While Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, talks of introducing austerity measures in Whitehall and swingeing cuts in the number of civil servants, an advertisement has appeared for a new director of communications at the Department for Education and Skills.

The successful candidate will receive the handsome sum of £80,000 a year - "or more for an exceptional candidate". Presumably that includes danger money for having to advise the bruising Charles Clarke, Secretary of State for Education, on what to - and what not to - say?

It remains to be seen how many applicants will be willing to step forward from the ranks of university PR departments across the land.

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