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Government’s Programme

Asked on the back of the foreign prisoners, the NHS budget and the Deputy Prime Minister’s revelation how things were going, the PMOS said that government was about dealing with unforeseen events. The important thing was whether you had capacity to respond to events and whether you had the capacity to implement the manifesto under which the government had been elected and the vision to keep that going despite those events. Therefore what you did was deal with events. You did not ignore them. You had to recognise and answer people’s legitimate concerns, but you also had to keep your eye on the big picture, which was what the government would do.

Put that this was increasingly difficult to do with events continually arising, the PMOS said that if people looked at what the government was doing in the health service where yes there were difficulties but in terms of actual performance for patients the figures showed huge improvement. On education where there was a strong debate but standards were improving in city academies. On pensions where again there was a strong debate again the government had a firm agenda. And the same could be said on energy. What was important was that you did not underestimate the impact of events but you did not allow that to distract from the main business, which this government would not.

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