A Platonic Guardian must reach a view on the conduct of a Homeric warrior – one whose passions are, in the view of her fellow guardians, trashing the state.
A problem throughout is that he was there, but is too well-behaved to tell us what he heard.
Plus: If Sunak wishes to ingratiate himself with small business people, he should scrap the loan charge and IR35.
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.
At the heart of the Rutnam row is its reservations not only about how the post-Brexit journey is being negotiated, but about taking it in the first place.
Seldon’s latest book, composed in only six months, will at best be a quarry on which future historians can draw.
Or is he? Much will depend on how much support this businessman within Whitehall gets from No.10.
The Fiona Cunningham case shone more light on our politics’ culture of briefing and counter-briefing. Despite Cameron’s promises, it’s never really gone away.
If criticism of senior civil servants is regarded as beyond the pale, then accountability could follow with it.