What’s that about organisations not expressly right wing?

As secretary of the think tank the Centre for Policy Studies, under Hugh Thomas — later Lord Thomas of Swynnerton (obituary, May 9, 2017) — she relished being at the heart of political debate during the Thatcher era, and held the organisation together as Thomas steered it away from the right-wing policies of its founders, Keith Joseph and Alfred Sherman, towards the centre ground. At a critical point, Thomas succeeded in ousting Sherman from his office. “Do you think we should change the locks?” he asked Brooke. “I already have,” she said firmly.

6 thoughts on “What’s that about organisations not expressly right wing?”

  1. People are mostly either weak, stupid, or venal. The weak and stupid either can’t bear or can’t understand the hard truths to which ‘right wing’ positions lead. The venal take advantage of these failings. This is why the axiom is true, and why we who can see and are prepared to take the fight to the enemy must never give up.

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    Didn’t someone also say that if you want to control a committee, become the Secretary?

    That’s why senior civil servants are Secretaries.

    Humphrey: It is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them, and that every member’s recollection of them differs violently from every other member’s recollection; consequently we accept the convention that the official decisions are those and only those which have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials; from which it emerges with elegant inevitability, that any decision which has been officially reached would have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials, and any decisions which is not recorded in the minutes by the officials has not been officially reached, even if one or more members believe they can recollect it; so in this particular case, if the decision would have been officially reached, it would have been recorded in the minutes by the officials and it isn’t so it wasn’t.

    From: Man Overboard

  3. Surreptitious Evil

    Sir Pterry in Small Gods, amongst many others. I believe he added “of slightly deaf old men.”

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