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The Government's Annual Report 98/99

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7222.1442 (Published 27 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1442

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  1. Rudolf Klein, emeritus professor of social policy and senior associate
  1. King's Fund, London

    The prime minister

    Stationery Office Books, £2.99, pp 88

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    One of the occupational diseases of all parliamentary ministers, whatever their party, is a chronic sense of being misunderstood and unappreciated. If only they could speak directly to the public, if only they could break through the distorting screen of the media, then their real achievements would be understood and applauded. With their policies and actions constantly being misinterpreted, as they see it, they search out every opportunity to put the record straight From this flows the concern with managing and massaging the media From this springs the eagerness of ministers to rush to the radio and television studios, whatever the hour. From this, too, comes one of the innovations of the Blair era: the government's annual report to the people. The aim of this, as the prime minister explains in his introduction to …

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