‘Them and us’ split must be healed – chief minister
Monday 26th August 2013, 9:52AM BST.
THE Policy Council must work harder to break down a ‘them and us’ rift which has crept into the Assembly, the chief minister has said.
It follows an onslaught from backbenchers during last month’s States debate when two major States strategies led by the council – the Government Service Plan and Strategic Asset Management Plan – were heavily criticised for a lack of detail.
And Peter Harwood, in a detailed interview, acknowledged that there was an increasing
divide between ministers and deputies.
‘It’s not helped by the layout of the Royal Court, with the Policy Council on the top bench,’ he said.
‘It’s something we need to work on and break down that view.
‘I don’t know how widely spread it is, but there is certainly a feeling of “them and us”.’
Deputy Harwood recalled that when the Policy Council was first established it was always intended that it would take the lead on corporate matters.
‘That’s where the concern is, between the roles of departments and recognising that some initiatives need to be seen at a corporate level across the whole of the States,’ he said.