Only deep and heroic surgery, what arboriculturists would call 'crown reduction', has any hope of salvaging a working civil service from the rubble of Labour's scorched earth retreat from power.
The true story is that Gordon Brown seems to have corralled fellow leaders into perpetrating a gigantic collective fraud on world public opinion.
It is a sign of the degradation of the civil service over the past ten years that senior British government officials were happy to throw their weight behind what was little more than a lavishly funded PR stunt.Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Jeremy Heywood - the senior Downing Street official who was deeply implicated in Tony Blair's sofa Government ahead of the Iraq War, when Britain was run by a close-knit cabal, when Cabinet government collapsed and normal procedures such as note-taking were ignored - should have been heavily complicit.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Discredited Civil Service at the heart of lies and spin
The disease that gnaws at the heart of British politics is not only the self-serving corruption of the political class, but a politicised senior civil service committed to the excesses of the Leviathan State and to European Federalism. The need for reform is again highlighted by Peter Oborne in the Mail this morning in his take on the G20 communique: