At a time of pressure on public spending, delivering efficiency savings is especially important.
We hope that Finn, Newman and the rest of the new appointees provide a fresh sense of direction and purpose.
Dacre has said that he “would die in a ditch defending it as a great civilising force”, and Moore grasps the Corporation’s original Reithian mission.
The best ideas for reform won’t come from government alone. That’s why I’ve joined the Commission for Smart Government which was launched last month.
Leaders must be expected to lead by example. That includes ministers. Lasting change cannot be achieved without a clear example from the top.
Three cheers for three reforms: of the civil service, of Ministers and of one that this Government tends to avoid – of public services.
If the Prime Minister doesn’t have confidence in his most senior Ministers, it’s impossible to see how anyone else can.
The Prime Minister is being urged to employ more women, but here is one who already makes it difficult for him to get away with sloppy thinking.
In government under Cameron, Francis Maude and his SpAds helped to make a difference. Time to call in Baroness Finn to hold a review.
Whitehall has at times imperilled its reputation for neutrality, but there remains a positive ‘can-do’ attitude about Brexit. The Government should harness it.
Futhermore, the Government needs to sharpen up its sense of mission. And there is a heap of talent on the Tory backbenches.
Francis Maude was responsible for a huge achievement in slimming down the numbers in Whitehall. His legacy is under threat.
I have long been struck by the incredible stresses placed upon them by a system that is meticulous in its oppression across so many of the European institutions.