Lessons learned by Sajid Javid from his rapid rise – with less said about his sudden fall

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Thursday 10 December 2020 16:40 GMT
<p>Sajid Javid, chancellor of the exchequer from July 2019 to February 2020</p>

Sajid Javid, chancellor of the exchequer from July 2019 to February 2020

Sajid Javid, the recent chancellor of the exchequer, came to King’s College London yesterday to speak to the class on the Treasury and postwar economic history run by my colleague Jon Davis. 

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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