Friday 24 November 2017

The wisdom of the hand that raised a potent Dry Martini

Delegating and refusing to take work home could be a template for the new Justice Minister, says John-Paul McCarthy

Frances Fitzgerald
Frances Fitzgerald

John-Paul McCarthy

Our new Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, probably has more than enough to read at the moment, but she might well be advised to have a peek at John Campbell's fine new biography of Roy Jenkins.

Jenkins was probably the best British Home Secretary since the war, having amassed a stunning record of reform in that office between 1965-67.

Despite the fact that the Home Office was a lumbering bureaucratic Frankenstein, Jenkins seems scarcely to have broken a sweat there whether he was dealing with natural disasters, prison breaks or Soviet defectors.

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