Anyone who observes the ongoing dysfunction of the British state and our deeply divided political parties should see the need to improve their talent pool.
“It’s simply a reality that all phones – including government ones – are easily hacked,” a Minister told me. “The difference with government phones is that they’re regularly tracked so we know about it sooner when it’s obvious – which it usually isn’t.”
Civil servants drew up a scheme to transfer a lot of responsibility to the Civil Service. The new team may regret signing up to it.
Provisional name: the Government Economic Intelligence and Strategy Service. Separated from the regular Civil Service in all respects.Sustained deliberation, but fast responses to calls for urgency. Ministers the only clients.
With the Cabinet complete, Boris Johnson staffs the lower echelons of the government.
Too often, we fail to recognise when our government does something well. The civil servants behind gov.uk deserve applause.
The Government should learn from how Johnson got the trains to run on time when he was Mayor of London.
It’s not reassuring that departments are responsible for marking their own homework in relation to alleged breaches of the Code.
To waste time now on internal factionalisation would be indefensible to so many party members who worked so hard to secure our majority.
“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?
Covid brought changes for the better as well as for the worse, and Ministers should make the most of them.
One controversy may be considered to be a misfortune, two looks like carelessness and three suggests a pattern of behaviour.
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.