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The ‘unwritten rules’ of getting ahead in the civil service
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Behind the scenes

The ‘unwritten rules’ of getting ahead in the civil service

Government-backed report says Whitehall has ‘class ceiling’ that prevents upwards mobility
21 May 2021
‘The civil service is to a significant extent a law unto itself’
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Instant Opinion

‘The civil service is to a significant extent a law unto itself’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
16 Apr 2021
Top No. 10 aide slams ‘risk averse’ civil service
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Behind the scenes

Top No. 10 aide slams ‘risk averse’ civil service

Baroness Finn calls for staffing overhaul to tackle ‘lack of capability’ in Whitehall to deliver projects across UK
26 Feb 2021
New civil service head was ‘forced out’ of May’s Brexit team
Olly Robbins
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New civil service head was ‘forced out’ of May’s Brexit team

Simon Case was reportedly ‘cut from meetings’ by Olly Robbins while serving in Department for Exiting the EU
2 Sep 2020
What are Cummings’ plans to reform the civil service?
Dominic Cummings
In Depth

What are Cummings’ plans to reform the civil service?

War on Whitehall begins as PM’s closest adviser moves his team into Cabinet Office
2 Sep 2020
‘Free-thinking’ Johnson ally set to head the civil service
Whitehall
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‘Free-thinking’ Johnson ally set to head the civil service

Ex-assistant to Prince William lined up to replace Mark Sedwill as cabinet secretary
1 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘prattling about Proms’ doesn’t help BLM
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Instant Opinion: ‘prattling about Proms’ doesn’t help BLM

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 28 August
28 Aug 2020

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Can UK stop ‘revolving door’ between politics and business?
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Can UK stop ‘revolving door’ between politics and business?

Facebook targeting government insiders as another ex-minister joins banking giant J.P. Morgan
25 Aug 2020
Williamson warned against ‘deflecting’ blame for exam chaos
Gavin Williamson
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Williamson warned against ‘deflecting’ blame for exam chaos

Education secretary insists he will not resign amid reports that senior officials are facing sack
19 Aug 2020
Civil service bracing for Covid inquiry - what happens next?
Dominic Cummings
In Depth

Civil service bracing for Covid inquiry - what happens next?

Officials fear being ‘thrown under the bus’ to protect Boris Johnson’s Downing Street team
7 Aug 2020
Coronavirus: Johnson using Whitehall staff as ‘guinea pigs’
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Coronavirus: Johnson using Whitehall staff as ‘guinea pigs’

Officials still working from home despite prime minister’s back-to-office call
3 Aug 2020
Civil servants get ‘guide to thinking’ of Dominic Cummings
Dominic Cummings
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Civil servants get ‘guide to thinking’ of Dominic Cummings

Civil servants instructed to read 20-page synopsis of the No. 10 advisor’s blog posts
10 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘the global Covid-19 crisis isn’t over’
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Instant Opinion: ‘the global Covid-19 crisis isn’t over’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 30 June
30 Jun 2020
Mark Sedwill promised shot at Nato top job
Mark Sedwill
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Mark Sedwill promised shot at Nato top job

Pledge to outgoing cabinet secretary ‘could be sacrificed’ by Downing Street
30 Jun 2020
Instant Opinion: Labour ‘can’t just give up fight’ on Brexit
Keir Starmer
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Instant Opinion: Labour ‘can’t just give up fight’ on Brexit

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 29 June
29 Jun 2020
Who is Mark Sedwill and why is the civil servant resigning?
Mark Sedwill
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Who is Mark Sedwill and why is the civil servant resigning?

Departure of career diplomat seen as victory for PM’s chief aide Dominic Cummings
29 Jun 2020
Brexit: May and Johnson ‘failed to protect’ civil servants
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Brexit: May and Johnson ‘failed to protect’ civil servants

New report says both Tory leaders allowed officials to become ‘target for political attacks’
15 May 2020
The allegations against Priti Patel
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The allegations against Priti Patel

Permanent secretary refused to obey order to remove senior official because it was Christmas
28 Feb 2020
Behind the Home Office’s ‘civil war’ drama
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Behind the Home Office’s ‘civil war’ drama

Boris Johnson is advised against civil service cull amid damaging leaks against Home Secretary Priti Patel
24 Feb 2020
Instant Opinion: UK goes ‘from poodle to lapdog’
Boris Johnson
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Instant Opinion: UK goes ‘from poodle to lapdog’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 6 January
6 Jan 2020
Five things we learnt from Cummings’ bizarre job advert
Dominic Cummings
In Depth

Five things we learnt from Cummings’ bizarre job advert

PM’s adviser posts 3,000-word blog post seeking ‘misfits’ to join him at No. 10
3 Jan 2020
Civil Service facing seismic shake-up
Whitehall
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Civil Service facing seismic shake-up

Union boss condemns ‘insulting’ plans for Whitehall overhaul as showdown with Downing Street looms
3 Jan 2020
Boris Johnson plans ‘revolution’ in government
Boris Johnson
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Boris Johnson plans ‘revolution’ in government

Prime minister to sack third of cabinet, scrap Whitehall departments and shake up civil service in bid to appeal to ex-Labour voters
16 Dec 2019
Instant Opinion: Civil servants ‘depressed’ over Brexit
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Instant Opinion: Civil servants ‘depressed’ over Brexit

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 27 November
27 Nov 2019
Instant Opinion: ‘Brexit will not lead to a United Ireland’
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Instant Opinion: ‘Brexit will not lead to a United Ireland’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 1 August
1 Aug 2019
Instant Opinion: Like seeing the Head Boy debate class clown
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Instant Opinion: Like seeing the Head Boy debate class clown

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 10 July
10 Jul 2019
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