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Civil service 4: shake-up of public administration is no substitute for intelligent and decisive policy choices

A Financial Times editorial states: “Responsibility for mishaps during Mr Johnson’s first year in office has resided primarily in Downing Street, not the wider civil service”. 271 more words


Informed Government

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I recently responded to Our Civil Service – Shaping our future together, the consultation launched in July at Civil Service Live (the consultation is now closed, but you can still… 1,395 more words


Jonathan Jones, head of the Government Legal Department, has become the sixth senior Whitehall official to depart this year. The FT is reporting that Jones’s departure is over the Government’s hardline Brexit stance. 49 more words


Sunday 6 September

This last week has seen yet another U-turn (the PM now refusing to meet COVID 19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK), the return of Parliament from its summer recess, the return of Dominic Cummings from surgery and growing disillusionment with the government on the part of senior Tories, including Sir Charles Walker and Huw Merriman. 2,289 more words

Will there be Further Whitehall Wars this autumn?

There was a startling but hardly noticed announcement, a couple of years ago, that ‘a ministerial policy decision cannot be sufficient justification alone for proceeding’. … 2,142 more words

Just can’t kick the Abbott

One thing that the Cummings cartel have been very good at during the last number of weeks is keeping controversial appointments relatively under wraps. It is no great secret that Cummings has always yearned to rip the heart out of Whitehall and replace those with a history of diplomacy and expertise with bippityboppoty computer science data analysts born with no genitalia and no emotions who present work in a prompt and timely manner before whirring back to their desks awaiting the next instruction. 459 more words

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