Thread: [Continuation] Brexit: Now What? The Perfect 10.
View Single Post
Old 28th June 2020, 11:58 PM   #145
The Don
Penultimate Amazing
The Don's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Sir Fynwy
Posts: 31,368
The UK's top civil servant is resigning:

The UK's top civil servant, Sir Mark Sedwill, has confirmed he plans to stand down from the role in September.

In a letter to Boris Johnson, he said it was the right time to go as the government moved to the next phase of its coronavirus recovery plan.

His exit follows reports of tensions between him and senior members of Boris Johnson's team.

The senior civil servants' union, the FDA, said Sir Mark had been undermined in a "cowardly" way.

Many commentators are saying that Dominic Cummings is behind this as the first step of "gutting" the civil service to:
  • Make it smaller and replace parts of its function with unaccountable "advisors" (like Dominic Cummings)
  • De-skill the civil service to make it easier for politicians to force through change without experts being there to point out the flaws in those changes
  • Make it ardently pro-Brexit

IMO it doesn't matter how enthusiastic someone is about Brexit, it doesn't change the fact that a no-deal Brexit followed by a disastrous US trade deal is going to be a fiasco.
The Don is offline   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Back to Top