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Maybotism has infected the DfE’s robotic press officers

Purdah is officially over – not that you'd know that if you'd tried to get anything out of the DfE recently…

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Theresa May’s cloyingly cautious, almost robotic approach to campaigning played a significant role in the government snatching electoral failure (relatively speaking) from the jaws of success. Within Tory circles it seems that lessons have been learned. Cabinet ministers have been let off the leash. So why does the Maybot approach to PR still dominate communications at the Department for Education?

There are times, of course, when caution is necessary. During the period of purdah in the run-up to elections, civil servants are forbidden from making any new policy announcements that could be ...

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