The civil service should be more fun to work forby Francis Maude / November 14, 2013 / Leave a comment
Published in December 2013 issue of Prospect Magazine
Reading the thoughts of the great and good commentators gathered by Prospect magazine to ponder Civil Service Reform in last month’s edition brought to mind some essential truths about this ever-present issue.
Firstly, it is important. Although it may not often top the news agenda, people care about it and rightly so. The Civil Service is one of the great institutions of the British political landscape. Secondly, it is cyclical. The same issues have been discussed and debated; the same reforms have been announced and, in many cases, ignored. Indeed, Civil Service reform is one of our great traditions – but it’s largely one of failure. Thirdly, there is no great disagreement over the current need for reform. Most critically, civil servants themselves are impatient for change.