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The civil service survived Dominic Cummings. Now comes the hard bit

There will be many further challenges before this government is through, writes a former head of the Brexit department

By Philip Rycroft  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

An audible sigh of relief swept through virtual Whitehall last Friday night as Dominic Cummings picked up his box and left Downing Street for the last time. The man who had promised a “hard rain” on the civil service will not be around to make the weather.

At the centre of government for little over a year, Cummings did not have time to stamp his vision on an organisation as big and complex and enduring as the civil service. That is not to say that he did not shock the system. The centralisation of power in No 10,…

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