Britain’s most senior civil servant has backed Whitehall critics and admitted that the government does not have the “skills and experience” needed to tackle the biggest challenges facing the country.
In a letter to The Times Simon Case, the cabinet secretary, said many officials lacked the “technical and specialist knowledge” necessary to fulfil the government’s post-pandemic reform plans. He said he agreed with Dame Kate Bingham, the former head of the successful vaccine task force, who this week warned that civil service “groupthink and risk aversion” was leaving the country exposed to a range of future threats from climate change to cyberwarfare.
OK,so what do we do about it? Clearly, once we accept they’re not competent to deal with such questions then we stop asking them to deal with such questions – they’re incompetent, d’ye see?
The British civil service – the only argument we need in favour of minarchy.