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Too much slang on the Whitehall street

A recent audit of the Department for Education exposes woolly thinking in the civil service

By Emran Mian  

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan must decide whether to play it "tight" or "loose". © ominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

“Tight” and “loose” are two terms that have entered the street slang of Whitehall in the past few years. “Loose” refers to the decision making that has been devolved from the centre to, for example, the increasing number of academies in the schools system and the many clinical commissioning groups in the NHS.…

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