Posts tagged with ‘ Cabinet Secretary ’

Guest blog: Bernard Jenkin MP on permanent secretary objectives and role of Civil Service CEO

, 31 July 2014

The Civil Service is one of the great institutions of state. Under our constitution, the executive exercises the Royal Prerogative and enjoys substantial de facto control over the legislature and appointments to the judiciary. Governments come and go, and having no codified constitution, or formal separation of powers, Parliament depends upon this body of...

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Who is fit and proper?

, 14 July 2011

The headline grabber inevitably centres around the Prime Minister’s judgement. There are however other important issues which this has highlighted. These are about the processes for senior ‘political’ appointments which come within the purview of Prime Ministers but which involve people who work at the heart of government. The current system is pretty opaque....

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How the most powerful mandarins spend their time

, 17 March 2011

BBC4′s The Secret World of Whitehall last night gave a fascinating glimpse into the secretive world of the incumbent Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell and the interactions between the Cabinet Office and No 10.

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