Losing the plot
The jewel in the crown of our public administration – so we are told – is a strictly politically neutral civil service, a central tenet of the Northcote-Trevelyan Report of 1854. That embodied four core principles of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality – including political impartiality.
Much has been made of the growing politicisation of the civil service, which was a key topic in 2001 and the debate has continued to this day. Even some of the more notable Tory bloggers has complained recently about the politicising of the civil service.View full article hereWhat about the searchlight?
"We already operate in a system where Parliament is effectively neutered, little more than a rubber stamp for legislation that ministers have already decided," writes Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg in The Daily Telegraph
today as he airs his "outrage" over the Damian Green affair.
"Ministers?" one might ask, in the context of upwards of eighty percent of our legislation coming via the European Union, of which Mr Clegg is an enthusiastic supporter. Yet it is our continued membership of that very organisation which, more than anything, has neutered parliament and made it little more than a sideshow.View full article hereRush hour
… yesterday morning in Jersey. Aircraft diverted to Doncaster on the way back because Leeds/Bradford airport was fog-bound. It's too late and I'm too tired to do I proper post, so I’ll pick up the threads tomorrow.
I note, wearily, however, how comprehensively the media (and the chatterati
) are missing the point on Damian Green – especially Matthew Parris.View full article here