First, we have tried varying the senior adviser to the prime minister while keeping the prime minister constant. Appointing Rosenfield in place of Dominic Cummings while retaining Johnson does not appear to have appreciably reduced the sense of chaos, or greatly improved the culture.
The other experiment has been to keep Rosenfield constant while varying the people he works for. He was private secretary to Alistair Darling and George Osborne before working for Johnson. This variation has made a difference. The private offices of Darling and Osborne were never the subject of criticism for chaos or a culture of rule-breaking.
Taking these things together, doesn’t it seem the culture problem might be Johnson rather than Rosenfield?
25 January 2022 – Daniel Finkelstein, Lord Finkelstein of Pinner, Conservative member of the House of Lords since 2013