This will not be the last scandal to come to light and, given the impact of ITV’s drama, other scandals may get similar television treatment. The contaminated blood story would make searing viewing.
We hurl abuse at here-today-gone-tomorrow politicians and their advisers, while the permanent state flourishes like a green bay tree.
You’d have thought it in jest if you’d been told that for £50 per citizen, a “Taskforce” drawn from the private sector would operate with a degree of independence from Whitehall, take risks and secure 357 million vaccine doses in nine months – all under-budget.
If ministers are going to start holding senior mandarins publicly accountable for their alleged failures, it is inevitable that those officials are going to start publicly defending their records.
There is a chance for the British state to be uniquely prepared for the tech revolution we are beginning to experience. Ministers must seize it.
His measured communications approach is superior to Boris Johnson and Liz Truss’s tendency towards needless provocation without any commitment to structural reform. But that reform must happen, regardless of how unpopular it may be.
Depending on ACOBA’s recommendations, there is the possibility of Gray being unable to work with Labour in the run-up to, or even after, their transition to government.
Since 2010, the Party has a truly terrible record of retaining its reformers – especially those capable of understanding and reshaping the structures of government.
The key issue is the difference between EU codified law which prevents any action not permitted, and our common law, under which everything is permitted unless prohibited.
By stripping back the planned repeal of EU laws, she hopes to get the Bill royal assent as soon as possible, rather than see it bogged down in the House of Lords.
TheyWorkforYou can be used as a guide to the performance of MPs: It’sNotWorkingForUs could be an alternative for taxpayers concerning the Civil Service.
Perhaps it is time to start to learn to love quangos; perhaps with greater democratic control, such a romance would be possible.
Our system of government is broken, and voters feel powerless. Only a radical overhaul of Whitehall can address these problems.
As Graham Stringer, a Labour MP, told GB News: “I find effectively civil servants sacking a minister, which is what has happened, quietly disturbing because one of the great myths in our political life is that we have a non-political civil service”.
I do not believe there are conspiracies by officials to stop this or any other Government from getting on with its business. But there are deep-seated problems in how government works. Here are three issues that need to be tackled.