Category Archives: civil service (UK)

The large obstacles facing Rees-Mogg

Dalrymple writes that

the only British politician of any substance, vision, or character is Jacob Rees-Mogg.

However, Dalrymple lists three handicaps from which the MP for North East Somerset suffers.

  • He is morally conservative in a country of libertines.
  • He made a fortune in a country in which most people hate others with more money than themselves.
  • He is unrepentantly upper-class in a country in which even the well-born now pretend to be proletarian.

A proponent of a clean break with the European Union, Rees-Mogg

might not be able to unite the Tories behind him, and even if he did, he would have to face down the civil service, which from the first has been resolutely anti-Brexit (there is an international solidarity of apparatchiks).

Twin corruptors of the NHS

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 19.27.49Discussing the spectacular rise in the cost of the UK healthcare system, Dalrymple writes:

First Margaret Thatcher (inadvertently) then Tony Blair (deliberately) corrupted our civil service—Thatcher by allowing the bureaucrats to pretend that they were businessmen, with perquisites to match; Blair by expanding this class of persons enormously, creating a powerful political lobby.

The British system

is now capable of absorbing infinite amounts of money with minimal benefit to the health of the population, though with great benefit to the pocketbooks of those who work in it.

One of the shortest recorded careers in the Civil Service

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 18.30.18On coming down from Oxford, writes Dalrymple, Ivor Brown joined the Civil Service.

He was asked as his first task to deal with an official request by the constabulary of Staffordshire for more lavatories.

Brown decided that the Civil Service

was not for him, and resigned after two days.

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