It is also desirable that No 10 staff should not be directly answerable to
parliament. There was a precedent that protected staff from appearing before
select committees that helped my brother, for example, during the Westland
Helicopters scandal that led to the resignation of Michael Heseltine from Mrs
Thatcher's government in 1986. Unfortunately, Alastair Campbell killed this off
by volunteering to appear before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee during the
Gilligan row. I tried to persuade him not to do it, but he dismissed my
opposition by saying it was just because I was afraid of appearing before the
committee myself. A prudent prime minister would re-establish the precedent. The
public sparring should be left to elected politicians rather than courtiers, who
should not be turned into political figures.
So he thinks that unaccountability to the public is a privilege of being unelected?