David Cameron in hunt for deputy spin chief who will 'enjoy' clashing with lobby hacks
David Cameron is on the hunt for a top media adviser to help run the Number 10 press office and to deputise for his official spokesperson Helen Bower.
A job advert has gone out flagging up the "incredible opportunity" that has opened up in the No 10 press office.
The successful applicant will be a "very experienced and confident press operator who enjoys working with senior ministers, political advisers, officials and journalists".
Not only will they have to survive punishing lobbying briefings with news-hungry political hacks, the ad states that the postholder will have to go even further.... and "enjoy the challenge of twice daily Westminster lobby briefings".
Of course, the postholder will also have to be an expert in the spin doctor's fine art of dodging the question*.
That means they will have to be fundamentally opposed to getting into "hypotheticals" or "processology".
They must also be ever-ready to tell hacks that: “I’m not going to provide a running commentary.”
And if all else fails, they should be armed with the phrase: “I don’t accept you characterisation of the situation.”
*Lobby hack Rob Hutton has more on this in his excellent tome Romps, Tots and Boffins.