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Francis Maude: Fixing Whitehall

The civil service should be more fun to work for

By Francis Maude   December 2013

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…

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