From The Guardian:
"If [politicians] then get up the path somewhat and become a junior minister, I feel actually that is one of the most dehumanising and depersonalising experiences a human being can have. The whole system is designed to take the personality, the drive and the initiative out of a junior minister."The rebuttal has been swift, comprehensive and lacking in credibility
"Jonathan Baume, general secretary of the senior civil servants' union the FDA, said he was "disappointed but not surprised" at the latest comments given the ex-minister's "traditionally maverick approach".Jones is the only minister I've heard speak out in this way because he was always going to 'exit.'
Mr Baume said the government's love of launching initiatives - and the current economic crisis - meant that there was an argument for more civil servants rather than less."
One day, when we've finally grown up in this country, we'll have an election and decide who we want as the government. We'll have a parliament of men and women, each with their own small Cabinet. We'll have Prime Minsters scared of Cabinet Ministers, Cabinet Ministers with a local and parliamentary power-bases, and we'll have a senior civil service that is appointed in it's entirety by those Ministers.
Well have a civil service that is capable of doing something rather than just producing more and more pointless procedures, recruiting subordinates, not rivals.
Until that day, we really are just pissing in the wind, aren't we?