Our Political Editor, Patrick Sullivan gives you his recommended reads from today's news stories and opinion editorials.
A former ambassador says it's wrong to blame the FCO for Britain's EU problems. The real blame lies with politicians who can't make up their mind
In a sad way, it's logical, but the out-of-control British Foreign Office now needs to be locked down before it causes more damage
Britain is an obsolete concept for numerous diplomats who have risen high primarily by advocating a utopian pan-European order
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
The self-serving Whitehall machine is now moving to quash attempts by the elected government to implement a reform for which it has a democratic mandate. This is how our country is run
As we move to a world of tax migration, how will governments manage to raise revenue to pay for all the things that governments currently do? Perhaps they won't
Bureaucrats seem intent on mission creep and appear to be targeting growth policies. But if they succeed, what is the point of the politician?
It is said, “too many cooks spoil the broth”. The same could be said of Her Majesty’s Cabinet
Her Majesty's Government appears to be at odds with the Coalition Agreement and pre-election Conservative policy. Perhaps Sir Humphrey can explain why
Government spending is taxation, and government spending is not the be all and end all of growth promotion.
As unelected, permanent officials continue to run the show from Whitehall, Douglas Carswell MP explains why it doesn't have to be this way
Rick Perry rightly criticises the British Foreign Office for attempting to change Texan minds on climate change
Douglas Carswell MP highlights the clear distinction between committed eurosceptics who understand the threat posed by the EU, and those with a less pressing concern: wee sceptics
Kwasi Kwarteng MP argues that in seeking to resolve the financial crisis, valuable lessons can be drawn from the failures of leadership in the British Empire.
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