Lord Heseltine's revelation that he had not met the Prime Minister since she took office, despite being a Government adviser, has brought to light the critical structural flaws in May's management style. 

Any organisation, public or private, needs to ensure that there are direct lines of communication and consistent messaging. Communication comes not just from press and spokespeople, but every member who is asked a question. Failure to do so can, as demonstrated here, undermine direction and messaging. 

While it's unlikely that the Tory grandee's mind would have been swayed on the divisive Brexit Bill, a more adult and constructive working relationship would have left him in no doubt as to the consequences of his actions. Irrespective, any dialogue would have prevented these embarrassing revelations for the Prime Minister.