Self Preservation Society Strop Public Sector Pen Pushers Throw Toys Out of Pram

Another Sir Humphrey tantrum courtesy of Sue Cameron in the Telegraph today. Attacking shadowy briefings yet anonymously urging their favourite pet to have a pop is rich even by mandarin standards:

20130606-082832.jpg“Watching ministers publicly rubbishing their senior civil servants, either in general terms or, even worse, by name, is an unedifying spectacle. It is also a puzzle. The ministers bring themselves into disrepute; they sour relations inside government; they undermine the reputation of officials who cannot defend themselves; and they make it twice as hard for Whitehall to attract high-calibre outsiders. Well, would you want to work for such a shabby bunch?”

Even Andrew Mitchell helpfully provides a quote, keeping the civil servants he needs to approve his potential job in Europe sweet:

“This behind-the-hand rubbishing of public servants is extremely unattractive.”

Come back Steve Hilton, all is forgiven…




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