Recent controversies surrounding Dominic Cummings, the most senior aide to the Prime Minister, have once again drawn attention to the constitutional role played by special advisers.
Prof. Vernon Bogdanor of King’s College London has been interviewed by Dr. Andrew Blick on this subject. They discuss how new the current issues are and the relevant international comparisons. They also consider the prospects for the particular model of an impartial, permanent Civil Service used in the UK, associated with the ‘Northcote-Trevelyan’ report of 1854. You can view the interview here: