Missing items from a civil servant’s biography
The Cabinet Office has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director of Government Communications, who will be “the most senior communications professional in the civil servant.” Senior civil servants are of course politically neutral. His name is Alex Aiken, and a brief biography attached to the announcement notes that he has worked in local government and for a PR firm.
What it does not say is that Aiken worked for two Tory MPs after he graduated, then did a stint as chairman of the National Association of Conservative Students, then joined Conservative Central Office as a press officer in 1992. He stayed for eight years, rising to be deputy director of political operations. I wonder why they left all that out.
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