At Power's Elbow
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Since the office of Prime Minister first developed in the 18th century, its incumbents have relied on special advisors to guide their policy-making and public relations. These shadowy, unelected figures have often been feared and resented. This history tells their story for the first time, from Robert Walpole's fixers, through Lloyd George's war cabinet to the 'sofa government' of Tony Blair, showing how these essential advisors have provided their chiefs with both solace and strife.