"The survey (of ODPM civil servants) also found poor staff morale and a low opinion of senior civil servants running the department, among the rank and file.Only 59% of staff understood how their work contributed to Mr Prescott's five-year plan for the department. And just 20% believed that the board of the department had provided effective leadership."
Polly Toynbee on the CMA principle:
"...every department is snowed under with individual cases that should not be handled by amateur politicians.... but a risk-averse civil service dumps ever more into ministers' red boxes, on what Whitehall calls the CMA (cover my arse) principle. No wonder ministers' workloads rise, as does the risk of missing what matters. Ministers no longer trust the civil service as they did, fearing incompetence more than conspiracy"