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.
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.
It would help reach that holy grail for all politicians: to find the key to long run economic growth. To grow the pie so that all in society can benefit.
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 authors reply to William Atkinson – who suggested a week ago on this site that it should not.
The Government’s approach is unlikely to bring out the best from those upon whom it depends to get things done.
Like Tsar Nicholas II, he may learn that taking personal command can solve nothing and leave one nowhere to hide.
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.
Covid brought changes for the better as well as for the worse, and Ministers should make the most of them.
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.
For Johnson to discuss decisions bilaterally with ministers on WhatsApp without telling anyone and regularly backtrack undermines his own office.