» Thursday, February 9, 2006


Asked if the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) was able to confirm the day when the Education Bill would be published next week, the PMOS replied he could not. What we had said all along was that it would probably be published before the end of February.

Asked what the Prime Minister had meant when he had talked about the "hell of getting through this Education Bill", the PMOS said that what the Prime Minister was talking about was the process of change in any organisation. The painful part was always when the proposals were produced, but once they had been worked through with people, they wondered what the fuss was all about. It was the process of going through the pain barrier of introducing change. The PMOS said that was true of any organisation, be it a business one, a school, another public service body etc.

Asked if the Prime Minister had scars on his back, the PMOS said he was not even going there.

Asked if the hell was over, then, the PMOS said that people had to go through the process of change management, and that was painful.

Put that it was rather an emotive word, and the Prime Minister did not say it was "difficult" or "troublesome", the PMOS said the Prime Minister had obviously been watching the journalist too much on Sky!

The journalist responded by saying that the Prime Minister had told him that he was a regular viewer of Sky, whereupon, the PMOS said that we had told the Prime Minister not to be! All the Prime Minister was describing was the normal change management process, and the leaders who were there today were very familiar with the process the Prime Minister was talking about.

Put that presumably, there must be some changes that were not hell, and did the Prime Minister live in "permanent hell", the PMOS said that the Prime Minister had the delight of facing all the journalists every month for a press conference, so how could he?!

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