Her u-turn on regional pay for the public sector shows how difficult it will be to take on the ‘Blob’ holding Britain back.
It has real democratic authority including with the Lords which might not be so inhibited from voting down new measures which didn’t feature in that manifesto.
Ministers really seem to have thought they could simply spend their way to high wages and stronger productivity.
Voters aren’t used to a world of rising prices and interest rates, and their hearts and minds are up for grabs.
It’s not reassuring that departments are responsible for marking their own homework in relation to alleged breaches of the Code.
The Northern Ireland Secretary adds that he wouldn’t “question her independence and determination to deliver a full and complete report.”
“The senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility for this culture.”
The Government’s approach is unlikely to bring out the best from those upon whom it depends to get things done.
Though Sue Gray waits in the wings, carrying her scythe and lantern. Will we see her report next week?
The proposed reduction of the number of officials by 91,000 will not deliver the efficiencies, tax cuts, or headlines for which the Government hopes.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has made the important point that if Civil Servants work from home, they lose out on the by-products of working in an office.
Covid brought changes for the better as well as for the worse, and Ministers should make the most of them.
He is a Gulliver tied down by Lilluputian ropes. The figures scampering about his mighty frame grow bolder – tweaking a cord here, tighening a knot there.
Also: Rees-Mogg once again talks tough on the Protocol – but does the Government really have the will to act?
That only 31 per cent of Foreign Office officials are venturing in to work whilst there is a war in Ukraine should be an object of serious concern.