April 15th, 2013

Heywood Wins Zero Friends With Gushing Thatcher Tribute

A fawning tribute from the normally subdued double team at the top of the Civil Service. Writing in today’s Telegraph Sir Jeremy ‘Sherlock’ Heywood and Sir ‘Bungalow’ Bob Kerslake praise the “kindly and unswervingly loyal” Margaret Thatcher and declare that she was “prime minister who – whatever the pressures – was the best kind of boss.” The OpEd seems to have upset pretty much everyone.

While Tories are passing the sick bucket round and suggesting that this is nothing more than a PR move by the deeply unpopular Heywood to build some bridges; Labour types are equally concerned about the impartiality of the piece given the praise heaped on Maggie’s “radical tax reforms, the abandonment of exchange controls and prices and incomes policies, the introduction of Right to Buy, a major overhaul of industrial relations law and the world’s first privatisation programme.” Pretty much everything the left hated…

More seasoned Whitehall watchers have pointed out the subtle digs at Dave in the piece over Maggie’s apparently loyalty to those civil servant’s around her and her attention to detail – not two compliments you ever hear said about her successor. Ben Brogan, whose wife is a very senior Whitehall mandarin, sees digs at Francis Maude too. Perhaps they’re not so subtle. One Whitehall rager could not get their head round the logic of the “backroom boys” taking such a prominent and public stand: “If they want to be the story they should run for office…”


  1. 1
    Glenda Wacko Jacko Jackson says:

    A woman? Not on my terms.


  2. 2
    Mr Creosote. says:

    How am i feeling?

    Better bring me a bucket.


  3. 6
    Sir Humphrey Appleby says:

    “But of course, in the final analysis those were all political decisions which the voters of this land had reposed their confidence in Mrs Thatcher and her Party to take. I could not tell her what to do– I could but advise; I lived to serve the Prime Minister.”


    • 73
      B Boyd says:

      Mann: “A civil service that is not neutral is neutered.” Should that apply to a state broadcaster as well?


  4. 7
    Centre Parting says:

    At least she hasn’t wasted the money of the NHS on dentistry.


  5. 8
    Mitch says:

    Totally agree – civil servants shouldn’t be expressing opinions like this in public. Ironically, I think Thatcher would agree.


    • 12
      Anonymous says:

      She would certainly be opposed to spending £10M public money on a funeral for an ex-politician.


      • 26
        Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler says:

        The amount reflects her worth as a PM. So Brown should expect a skip.


      • 85
        Anonymous says:

        Not so sure. I am no Thatcher fan but I can see the economic benefit being much greater than £10m. The US networks sending teams over to cover the funeral can spend that amount on drinks alone.


    • 14
      Dick the Prick says:

      We should copy the US system and appoint department heads as political appointees. It’s obvious these 2 are fucking clueless yet have personal agendas.


      • 87
        Anonymous says:

        Mark Thatcher as Permanent Secretary to the Defence Ministry? At least it would make for closer relations with Switzerland, Monaco and the Caymans.


    • 17
      Anonymous says:

      Police, Civil servants, Council workers, and all the quangos need to be silenced.

      There is a time and a place for their input and it generally should be under the management of the elected representatives.

      It was Thatcher that created the access to public meeting legislation so that we could see decisions happening. It is a shame that after so many years her legislation has been basically circumvented.

      Councils use fire regulations to force the public to declare their identity. Something that under Thatcher’s law was not necessary. There was only one manner in which a member of the public could be removed.

      One group of control addicts actually force the audience to sign a book, including the persons address, and pass it around the audience. Just by sitting in the crowd they can identify who is who.

      I doubt forcing identity was in her mind when that law was proposed.


      • 20
        Will says:

        You just sign in using a false name and address in the area. If challenged just say its a public meeting I am a member of the public.


        • 29
          Anonymous says:

          I know. The point is they try to intimidate the locals that do not know.

          Two identical buildings next to each other. The County library and the County hall. The library is accessible to all unchallenged. To enter the hall you need to identify yourself because it might catch fire.

          I know it is embarrassing for them when some OAP points out afterwards that they made a mistake, but it does not mean they can intimidate the public into not attending.


  6. 10
    The Contemptible Tin Pot Tosser in No 10 says:

    Angealla gave me a fascinating booklet as a Parting Gift, telling me to make sure I read it. It’s title is “My Final Solution” and it makes riveting reading.

    She doesn’t actually promise me a prominent position in her New Order – but it’s painfully clear what will happen to those who don’t fit in! What?


  7. 11
    any old crap says:

    Civil Service and impartiality, just like the other part of the civil service the bBBC, it’s a word not in their dictionary’s , the civil service and looking which way the wind blows, 25 out of ten.


  8. 13
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Bit ironic Labour worrying about the politicisation of the Civil Service.


  9. 15
    Glenda the bender says:

    Just watching Bercow on Parliament channel. The sad little git is in a foul mood and had a right pop at Defence Minister.

    Sally is obviously not satisfying his needs.


  10. 16
    We will all be glad to see the back of socialism. says:

    Yes Minister.


  11. 18
    English for Beginners says:

    “loyalty to those civil servants around her”


  12. 22
    DWWolds says:

    Does anyone else view John Mann as a sanctimonious prat?


  13. 23
    Iblametheteachers says:

    So John Mann thinks it sets a “precedence”, does he?

    I guess he means precedent, semi-literate git.


  14. 24
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed Balls


  15. 25
    J*w Hating Is Labour Policy says:

    A Labour Government would have difficulties working with Heywood? Eh….so the j*w haters of Bradford, Birmingham, Tower Hamlets etc etc are going to turn out at the next election and put Milliband into office?


  16. 27
    Francis Urquhart MP says:

    “Jeremy Heywood crosses well beyond the bounds of acceptable impartiality and the danger of this is that it sets preceden[ts] for the future. A civil service that is not neutral is neutered.”

    He well may think the Civil Service is neutral. I couldn’t possibly comment.


  17. 28
    damned impertinent questions says:

    “A civil service that is not neutral is neutered.”

    What utter boillox


  18. 31
    Labour legacy says:

    Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is to be put into administration, health regulator Monitor announces


  19. 38
    Why should Big Ben be silenced for THAT witch? says:

    The chimes of Big Ben will be silenced for the duration of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has announced.

    He told MPs this would be “an appropriate means of indicating our sentiments” during the occasion.

    There was a “profound dignity through silence,” Mr Bercow added.

    The silence will last throughout events on Wednesday, covering the procession from Westminster and the ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral.

    Big Ben, the bell of the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, is one of London’s most famous sounds.


  20. 39
    Why should Big Ben be silenced for THAT witch? says:

    The chimes of Big Ben will be silenced for the duration of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has announced.

    He told MPs this would be “an appropriate means of indicating our sentiments” during the occasion.

    There was a “profound dignity through silence,” Mr Bercow added.

    The silence will last throughout events on Wednesday, covering the procession from Westminster and the ceremony at St P*ul’s Cathedral.

    Big Ben, the bell of the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, is one of London’s most famous sounds.


    • 41
      Mr Speaker says:

      If only I could silence my witch so easily.


    • 44
      Jim says:

      The largest mobile gong ever seen on the streets of London is to be erected between the hours of 6.00 and 7.00am on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday morning and will carry out the Big Ben ‘function’
      The public are invited to attend, they may get a chance to wield the hammer.


    • 81
      Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

      The reason why Big Ben will be silent is that Claude Cooper, the kleptomaniac from Cleveland, copped the clean copper clappers that were kept in the closet.


  21. 40
    I couldn't possibly comment says:

    Ed Miliband undergoes wrist surgery.


    • 68
      Labour is off its Ed says:

      That’ll teach the dirty bastard. FFS, why didn’t he ask his “wife?” to give him a wank.


  22. 43
    Owen "Dow" Jones says:

    Where will this all end ?

    GOLD 1,375.80 -125.60 -8.37%

    Revolution ??????


  23. 45
    PhilQT says:

    Makes you wonder what the civil service would say about a certain Nokia thrower …


  24. 48
    Yikes says:

    why are such incompetents and Comon Purpose (useful idiots) given these posts if not to destroy the establishment!

    This is just another example of their ‘Leading beyond Authority’ and opening the Cilvil servioce up to criticism so that it may be attacked and many competent, experienced people either leave or are ‘forced out’. . .

    Thsi has happened in the police and many other areas . .. these are dangerous people . . . . wake up to the agenda here!


  25. 50
    I'm not neutral says:

    …and argue that nobody is.

    You may try hard to adopt a neutral stance, but you cannot ERASE an experience or word heard or written. You don’t control your thoughts. Your thoughts do. Simps.


  26. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Give knighthoods to the bastards.

    Might as well.

    They will in any case be arrested and dealt with along with the rest of the traitor liblabcon rulers after regime change.


  27. 53
    Sir John Scarlett says:

    Fuck me……. im fucking outraged by this shit

    Us government workers must be strictly above party affiliation of any kind, and must never take actions which might compromise our strict fucking ethos of impartiality……….
    I fancies being a Lord next dont I


  28. 57
    A peoples Memorial says:

    I propose that whatever permanent statue/memorial to Margaret Thatcher is decided upon it should be financed 100% by donations from the Public / Individuals. No Government money nor from Industry. Just the Millions of ordinary folk who will I’m sure be very generous.

    One million @£10 a head. Easy


  29. 58
    Jim says:

    Will the ‘Sir Humph’s’ be be preparing to smooth the path of ‘Ding Dong’s’ lad into the ‘Upper House’ Three or four hundred pounds a day for turning up will come in handy.
    It is widely believed that he got his knighthood for services to international terrorism and financial corruption.
    Is this true?
    Could it have been the ‘Philpott’ type family influence?


  30. 60
    Mark Wouters. says:

    What a great birthday present this is to have Thatcher die 2 weeks before my birthday !!!!! yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
    I would like to see mass demonstrations at Thatchers FUNeral ? and lets have this TORY GOVERNMENT THROWN OUT ,in the local elections.
    The dictator has gonr Thank the Lord.


    • 69
      Jim says:

      Mark – she had gone a long time ago, when the Tory backbenches and cabinet members realised that ‘Ding Dong’ was a danger to the public.
      They booted her out. A strange outcome for someone that ‘saved’ the country.
      Are any of them participating in the service?


  31. 61
    Owen "Dow" Jones says:

    GOLD 1,357.40 -144.00 -9.59%

    That’ll teach you,all you subscribers,including Guido Fawkes,to the “Greed Is Good” mantra.

    I hope you all get shafted.


  32. 63
    pissed off voter says:

    I wonder how Heywood and Kerslake achieved their current positions.


  33. 65
    Resident of 96.99% white Merseyside says:

    “Pass the sick bucket around”.

    Describes the reaction to the “fawnification” of the past week to a tee!


  34. 75
    Th epopulation of Bonnie Scotland says:

    Following her death nothing but over hyped shite on the news and radio until stv news comes on,no bs ,no tears here.


    • 82
      Jim says:

      It was regarded as one of ‘Ding Dong’s’ successes – making Scotland a Tory free zone.
      They are debating the disaster brought on by the Grantham Spam Hoarder on Wednesday – the day of the circus.


      • 91
        Resident of 96.99% white Merseyside says:

        She couldn’t care less about the Scots, or the Welsh or the Ulster Loyalists.

        Yes, she will be remembered for a very long time as her policies come back to haunt us.

        Ok, she had a successful war but WHAT ELSE?

        The British people must wake up to the fact that we are living in a fast changing world and stop dwelling on the days of Empire and Maggie’s reign.


      • 97
        Ex Pat Scot says:

        It is the greatest achievement of the Labour party to have made Scotland a welfare dependent, subsidised sh*tehole.


      • 99
        Shir Shean Connery Scottish Patriot says:

        The Bahamas, New York, Marbella….yesh, i`ll live anywhere but i wont live in that jobbyhole.


  35. 76
    Ally Kampbell says:

    Civil servants taking political positions? Outrageous!


    • 90
      Anonymous says:

      Appalling. Only Heads of the Prison Service or Border Agency should take such positions – and then only under the strict instructions of their ministers…….oh sorry, that’s not for the minutes……


  36. 78
    Stop all the clocks etc etc says:

    “Lefties” going into meltdown on “Guardian” comments as “Big Ben” to be silenced on day of Thatcher’s Funeral for duration of procession and service…..not done since Churchill’s Funeral in 1965


  37. 88
  38. 94
    superman says:

    Civil service run the country and let politicians believe that they are in charge.


  39. 102
    damned impertinent questions says:

    “There is a time and a place for their input and it generally should be under the management of the elected representatives.”

    Lets call them Commisars


  40. 103
    Anonymous says:

    If you read the article he talks about civil service reform ‘alongside’ her other policies. Fair enough though he’d have done better to recognise her controversy up front. Indeed Agencies were radical and much taken with by Labour who used them to ensure they didn’t have to deal with the public and could hide poor policies behind agencies with an impossible task – OGC, CPA etc. Not for nothing was Thatcher’s time inside Whitehall known as the ‘age of reason’ by officials for many years as opposed to the ‘guess the dogma’ approach under her successors.


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