As the former Cabinet Secretary Robert Armstrong put it, 'proximity is power'.Harold Wilson's right-hand woman Marcia Williams was frustrated to see civil servants following Wilson into the gents' toilets: she knew they were doing so to give him their opinions in the one location where she couldn't intervene.
Jack Brown's writing reflects his background as an academic, with some serious analysis of government and its processes. But the human element is there, too.
An Elephant in Rome
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