February 7th, 2013

Civil Service Turkeys Say No to Christmas

Civil Service World is reporting that Sir Bob Kerslake, head of the Civil Service, has blocked attempts by Francis Maude to allow Secretaries of State to have a greater say in hiring and firing Permanent Secretaries:

“There’s a shared view about the importance of civil service values, the value of an impartial civil service, and I don’t believe there’s any intention to move towards legislation this time.”

A shared view of self-protection…


  1. 1
    STuN says:

    Is this a case of yes minister, now fuck off?

  2. 2
    norman yardley says:

    Sorry but who the f*cks in charge? Silly question, not our elected dummies in this pseudo democracy!

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    This is no different to politicians themselves. They know how to definitely look after number one!Just ask IPSA!

  4. 4
    Dead Horse says:

    Nick Clegg to revive mansion tax campaign
    Nick Clegg will on Thursday demand new taxes on multi-million pound homes in the forthcoming budget to “provide desperately needed help for millions of ordinary people”.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Maybe there’ll be a Gove like u-turn and they’ll get their way. Who knows with this shower – they couldn’t find their arses with both hands.

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    If you think I’m gonna stick up for lying,thieving,cheating politicians, well you can f u c k off!

  7. 7
    Bob Kerslake says:

    Gobble Gobble Gobble

  8. 8
    SP4BS says:

    Poor Mr. Gove. At least everyone will remember that he changed the name of GCSEs. They’ll make a statue of him for that.

  9. 9
    Billericay Dickie says:

    But Fuckwit Frankie has got balls of steel, he’ll go down fighting.

  10. 10
  11. 11
    Billericay Dickie says:

    Show some fucking respect.

    Mr Gove (and his husband) are sponsored by Mr Murdoch, so no hint of criticism allowed on here.

  12. 12
    Gonk III says:

    Populist last chance gamble for this lightweight.

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    In a lot of counties this happens. Civil service becomes efficient in implementing government policies but it will not be neutral.

    I thing some of the government departments should be cut. When Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has there own parliament what is the point in having secretary of state and ministers?

    Government is cutting jobs but not secretary of states or minister, minister should be reduced by 40%.

  14. 14
    Cameron Bum Fun for All says:

    But we can find someone else’s arse no problem!

  15. 15
    Not in my back yard Chuka... says:

  16. 16
    SP4BS says:

    Eh, how can you possibly take my words that way? I am looking forward to the day when they’re putting up statues of Mr. Gove.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Do you want people like especial advisor to run departments?

    Might remember the story about a minister and especial advisor sharing a bed / room, etc. Do you want Permanent Secretaries to be hired to do things like this?

  18. 18
    Willy Hague says:

    Gobble Gobble Gobble

  19. 19
    Hypocrits R Us says:

    This is the same Chuka who did not want stores such as HMV or Jessops to close (It was the Tory Gov’s fault) who does not now want new stores to open.

    Talk about having your cake and eat it, aka overt hypocrisy.

  20. 20
    Kwis Bryant says:

    Gobble Gobble Gobble

  21. 21
    MSM are Cunts says:

    Typical lazy fucking journalist.

    Look at the picture (just like the lazy arsed jorno could have done) and tell me what is wrong with the following?

    Mr Ali had the sign painted onto the side of his large eight-bedroom semi-detached home in Newport, South Wales.

    HInt it takes an awfull lot of paint to make letters look about 50mm deep !

  22. 22
    John 14:6 says:

    And will the state ban Christians from writing “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    If it’s not u-turns then it’s the revolving door. More green, troughing bastards being subsidised at our expense -:


  24. 24
    Mark Oaten says:

    Nom Nom Nom

  25. 25
    Billericay Dickie says:

    The more the merrier in Bumsex Dave’s swinging Britain.

  26. 26

    “There’s a shared view about the importance of civil service values, the value of an impartial civil service,….” and in the Mandarin’s opinion there’s no need for an impartial civil service.

  27. 27
    English Person says:

    And if you read the article, you’ll find out the bast**d wanted to illuminate it…

  28. 28
    SP4BS says:

    Mine says “you daft sods”

  29. 29
    Misternedderry says:

    Blair politicised the civil service more than ever. The tories need to be able to get rid of these lefty bastards in the civil service as they now see themselves as being the only way to delay tory policy until labour get in again.

  30. 30
  31. 31
    The Queen of Sheba says:

    It were thatcher wot did it first.

  32. 32
    Eye spy my little eye says:

    Looks like the pipe sticking out under the sign has been circumcised.

  33. 33
    Jizzlam says:

    Muhammad can suck a fart out my arsehole.

  34. 34
    Adam Werrity says:

    Gobble Gobble Gobble

  35. 35
    Admiral Penn says:

    Nick Clegg is a Dutchman.

  36. 36
    Eye spy my little eye says:

    Or some might say ” genitally mutilated “

  37. 37
    LAB GAIN +9 says:

    Y too right. You need a major upheaval to justify Humpheys making radical changes. Only Balls has got the radical manifesto to deliver the change this country needs.

  38. 38
    Labourunionsbbc we are one under the EU says:

    If they painted that on their house opposite, that could lead to an escalation of slogans which could then lead on to nastier things, which, I fear, is going to happen anyway.
    This is but the earluy stages of their campaign .

  39. 39
    We're doomed if we get labour back says:

    What you mean it takes someone with balls to implement change that modernises the yes ministry..come back maggie, please.

  40. 40
    Alan Rusbridger says:

    Today I will be mostly playing All You Fascists by Sir Billy Bragg.

  41. 41
    The Queen of Sheba says:

    Balls is a cretin.

  42. 42
    Christ Huhne says:

    I’ve just bought a shiny new Ipad with my last set of expenses as an MP. And you lot are paying for it’s vast overinflated price. Just like my ego.

  43. 43
    Billericay Dickie says:

    When will that closet get a good clear out?

  44. 44
    Billericay Dickie says:

    He was the future once.

  45. 45
    Council elder says:

    This amounted to an infringement the TCPA 1990 for planning permission required for wording above a certain size (whether intended to promote any material or not)

  46. 46
    LAB GAIN +9 says:

    He is thanks to tories having no Balls and being so mercifully divided.

  47. 47
    STuN says:

    Stop insulting the Dutch

  48. 48
    Council elder says:

    No as those at the top of the Civil Service and who have not been sanctioned are always impartial and would never form close relations to big business or land important jobs elsewhere with people they met in the Service.

  49. 49
    Ahead of the game says:

    And I’ve just bought a load of Apple shares to pay for mine and that works nicely thanks. No go enjoy it in your cell.

  50. 50
    Blodwen says:

    I’m sure it will be ever such a popular area like Eastleigh, kinda like a pig farm in downtown Jerusalem.

  51. 51
    Wormtongue says:

    Sack the lot. Maude is right.

  52. 52
    Seth the pig farmer says:

    “There’s a shared view about the importance of civil service values, the value of an impartial civil service, and I don’t believe there’s any intention to move towards legislation this time.”


    “There’s a shared view about the importance of maintaining the status quo, the pretence of an impartial civil service by ignoring the wishes of democratically elected ministers when it suits us, and there won’t be any move towards accountability as long as I have a hole in my arse.”

  53. 53
    Jimmy says:

    Imagine Butch running the country unsupervised. It doesn’t bear thinking about.

  54. 54
    damned impertinent questions says:

    As a former senior civil servant I too have a shared view – that the service is self serving introverted and politically biased. Around 30% of its SCS members are good, 40% have a basic level of capability in their posts and 30% are horrendously incompetent and hide away in comers to avoid decisions or simply shuffle paper back and forward writing erudite comments in fluent Mandarin that mean nothing and just put off decisions. They don’t do sums, don’t do science but have Masters Degrees in obfuscation.

    If Sir Bob cant stomach changes to this, then Ministers know where to start with those changes.

  55. 55
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Can you please explain to us Taff, why you seem to have grown an infatuation with Herr Balls? We are desperately seeking what it is we appear to be missing here.

  56. 56
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    This is one occasion when Dave should take a leaf out of the Brown Book of Governance by giving the top 150 civil servants specific objectives and targets to meet by certain deadlines. If they fail, they get their P45s and a severely reduced pension.

    What’s not to like?

  57. 57
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Imagine Brown doing likewise – oh, wait a minute, he did, didn’t he.

    And look where that got us.

  58. 58
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    I repeat…

    Catty Comment (Ms) says:
    February 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This is one occasion when Dave should take a leaf out of the Brown Book of Governance by giving the top 150 civil servants specific objectives and targets to meet by certain deadlines. If they fail, they get their P45s and a severely reduced pension.

    What’s not to like?

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