"Rolls Royce" civil service? Parts of it wouldn't even get an MoT
Sir Humphrey Appleby needs to be held to account. And he needs to start doing what we voted for, not what he thinks is good for us, wrote Douglas Carswell back in 2009
How often are we told that
Square that with Damian McBride. Was he not a civil servant, at the heart of
"That's different", I hear you say "he was a "special adviser". Okay, so, what about those senior officials at the Home Office, who took steps that resulted in the arrest of Damian Green for exposing their incompetence in tackling uncontrolled immigration? Were they a specially partial category, too?
How partial were they when ruling out democratically accountable policing, despite it having been the policy of all three major parties? And what about the urbane Oxbridge-types at the Foreign Office? They might be impartial as to which clown of a minister is choosing what's on the wine list. But they're most definitely partial to more
From Special Advisers to arms-length quangocrats, the nature of our civil service has changed fundamentally over the past generation. It’s no good just blaming Labour and promising to limit the number of Damian McBrides.
Far from needing to make it "independent", large swathes of the civil service are no longer world-class precisely because they're now almost wholly unaccountable.
Changing the culture in
Sir Humphrey Appleby needs to be held to account. And he needs to start doing what we voted for, not what he thinks is good for us.
UPDATE: Fraser Nelson writes an excellent piece here. Far from de-politicising the civil service, Fraser seems to suggest that we should in fact be making civil servants properly accountable.
This blog was originally posted on talkcarswell.com
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