The postgraduate class is the jewel in the crown of the Strand Group at King’s, which includes the Blair Years course that I co-teach, and it has attracted a large number of serving Treasury officials, keen to learn about – and from – their department’s history.
The class met online, with Davis joined by Ed Balls, a new professor at King’s, and Nick Macpherson, who was permanent secretary at the Treasury until 2016. It was a masterclass in how the relationship between ministers and civil servants works in practice.
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