The Times today covers the publication of a written statement by the Prime Minister detailing the number and pay of the government’s spin doctors. Formally known as special advisers, these are the political appointments made by ministers of communications sidekicks who do dirty jobs like burying bad news.
There are currently 84 spin doctors with a salary bill of £5.9 million. This is the highest number since Labour came to power in 1997. When the Conservatives left office they only had 38 special advisors and the pay bill was way cheaper – £1.8 million.
This is not the only aspect of Government communications spending that has increased by a factor of 3 under Labour (see previous posting).