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The bonfire that never was — 3 Comments

  1. “We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. “

  2. A few years ago I was at an event in London and heard a former Cameron advisor speak (Alex Dean IIRC), and he said that one of his biggest failings was always trusting the civil servants and believing they gave honest advice. So whenever closing quango X was proposed, he’d hear “But Prime Minister, we can’t do that for reasons xyz”, and so he would cave in every time.

    • He’d obviously never seen Yes, Minister.

      Indeed, it’s slightly suprising that the Service was still trying this stuff on, 30 years later. My guess would be that the Blair mob were a pushover (remember how they actually boasted that departmental staff were pleased to see them back in ’97, as if that was something to be proud of?), and let it slip back into old habits.

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