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To implement Labour's modernisation programme the civil service itself requires Euro-modernisation

By Tony Blair   December 1998

This is a government that values public service. For too long public servants have been undervalued. What makes people become civil servants is what made me go into politics-a chance to serve, to make a difference. It is not just a job, it is a vocation; and this country relies on that service ethic-in the NHS, in schools and in the civil service.

The civil service is a priceless asset. But it is not perfect. And, because this government believes in public service, we will be more demanding, less tolerant of the average.

The civil service is good at preparing…

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