Yyou have to be absolutely determined to get what you want because if you compromise you will live to regret it later, “says Lance Price, Tony Blair’s former deputy director of communications, when asked what advice he would give Boris Johnson when conducting his reshuffle.
“If you continue with someone you don’t think is very good, they made a terrible hype and everything becomes too embarrassing, so why are you running out of patience just to leave them alone – never do it,” he adds.
Cabinet ministers are unlikely to appreciate this advice as they nervously await a phone call from the Downing Street switchboard to inquire if they are up, down or off Johnson’s best team.
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