7th November 2011 Interviews
Andrew Adonis talks Westminster past, present and future to Christine Murray
The Institute for Government is housed in an original Nash Grade I listed building overlooking St James’ Park. It isn’t hard to imagine that these calm and elegant surroundings would be a welcome break for any politician who had worked tirelessly up and down Whitehall throughout Labour’s time in government. Andrew Adonis, however, is no ordinary politician.
Adonis is eager to discuss all the work his think tank is producing, and, of course, the next general election. When asked about his new role, his relentless enthusiasm for all things policy takes over – though it becomes clear quite quickly that his move into the world of the think tank is unlikely to be a permanent one. “Did I enjoy government and being there making decisions? Yes, but my party’s out of government and there’s no point in crying over spilt milk. In four years’ time there’ll be another election and I shall be fighting jolly hard to get Labour back into power. While were in opposition, being able to play this charitable role is wholly worthwhile. We are the big society at the heart of Whitehall,” he jokes, in a rather shrewd reference to David Cameron’s flagship policy.