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Lord Butler himself was asked to investigate two cases of potential ministerial misconduct

Lord Butler: 'Civil servants should not investigate MPs'

Britain’s most senior civil servants should no longer be asked to investigate accusations of ministerial misconduct because they do not have the “powers” to get to the truth, the former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Robin Butler, has suggested.

Civil Service in revolt after being told to spend more time at their desks

Mandarins in London get an extra hour off each week because of their longer commute

Thousands of Revenue and Customs workers set to strike

Thousands of Revenue and Customs workers will go on strike tomorrow in the latest phase of months of industrial action by civil servants in a row over jobs, pensions and terms and conditions.

Lords reject George Osborne's plan for employees to sign away their legal rights in return for receiving shares in their companies

George Osborne suffered an embarrassing rebuff last night after peers threw out his plan for employees to sign away their legal rights in return for receiving shares in their companies worth as little as £2,000.

Stop drone attacks on Pakistan, Britain's UN counter-terrorism representative Ben Emmerson tells America

The British UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson has echoed calls from Pakistan for the Americans to stop drone attacks in the country.

Department for Education's (DfE) permanent secretary Chris Wormald appears before the Commons education select committee

Top civil servant Chris Wormald admits he never told Education Secretary Michael Gove about abusive behaviour allegations against special adviser

The Education Secretary Michael Gove was never told about allegations of abusive behaviour by one of his senior special advisers, the head of his department admitted today.

24-hour strike will be held on 20 March

Civil servants plan Budget day strike in pay dispute

Civil servants are to stage a strike on Budget day to launch three months of industrial action in a worsening row over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Keir Starmer says overhaul of criminal justice system's efforts to tackle sex abuse will head off 'another Savile moment in five or 10 years' time'

Hundreds of child sex investigations to be reopened as part of 'radical' plans to tackle sexual abuse in wake of Jimmy Savile scandal

Keir Starmer says overhaul of criminal justice system's efforts to tackle sex abuse will head off 'another Savile moment in five or 10 years' time'

Ministers should be given annual performance appraisals, says former head of civil service

Ministers should be given annual performance appraisals to see how well they are doing their jobs, a former head of the civil service said today.

Dame Helen Ghosh

Page 3 Profile: Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General of the National Trust

More hot air in the wind turbine debate?

Barely noticed, civil war is raging in Whitehall

Government ministers are riding roughshod over the civil service, and that leads to government by cock-up and a loss of morale in Whitehall

Special advisers like Dominic Cummings are instructed to avoid 'personal attacks'

Labour says Michael Gove aide should resign if he breached code through implying journalist needed therapy

Labour today said a controversial adviser to Education Secretary Michael Gove should resign if - as appeared to be the case - he was in breach of his profession's Code of Conduct by implying that a journalist required therapy.

Department of Education workers vote in favour of strike action over cuts and job losses

Civil servants in Education Secretary Michael Gove’s department have voted for strike action over plans to axe 1,000 jobs. Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) backed walkouts by a two-to-one majority – with nine out of ten of those who voted giving the green light for industrial action short of strike.

Richard Garner: I have not felt the wrath of a personal adviser come down on me – until this week

Gove turns a blind eye to any opposition from schools. They are seen as 'enemies of promise'

'Omnishambles' summit at Osborne's country home

George Osborne is to hold a Treasury summit at his country retreat tomorrow in an attempt to prevent a repeat of last year's "omnishambles" Budget.

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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