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Tuesday 05 February 2013
"Appalling" civil servants are promoted out of jobs that they're failing in as part of a culture that "protects inadequacy", government ministers have said in anonymous interviews.
Monday 04 February 2013
The Department for Making The Poor Poorer has been very busy recently
Britain's honours system set for shake-up, with ministers given powers to 'fast track' nominations for knighthoods and other awards
Wednesday 23 January 2013
Ministers are to be given the power to ‘fast track’ nominations for knighthoods and other awards as part of plans to radically shake-up of Britain’s ancient honours system.
George Entwistle and Sir Jeremy Heywood demonstrate the dangers of narrow professional experience in our highest public servants
Monday 21 January 2013
The French call it déformation professionnelle - but these blinkered men of the machine are not an exclusively Gallic phenomenon
Thursday 17 January 2013
Up to 106 people, including women and children, were killed as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad swept through a small farming village, torching houses and shooting and stabbing residents, activists claimed today.
Wednesday 16 January 2013
Around a quarter of a million civil servants are to be balloted about taking part in a fresh round of strike action, to protest against cuts to pay and pensions and poorer working conditions.
Tuesday 15 January 2013
Former Cabinet Secretary Lord O'Donnell says the Government has undermined morale
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Jack Hart, a leading signals specialist, was an unlikely trade union activist, but on 25 January 1984, Hart, then chair of the committee representing all civil service trade union branches at GCHQ, was summoned to a meeting to be told that the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, had decided to ban all unions at the government's secret listening centre in Cheltenham, and at other listening posts. Workers had a choice of leaving their unions or being dismissed. Those who gave up their membership were to receive £1,000.
Sunday 06 January 2013
Tax collectors have set up "swap shops" to redistribute surplus envelopes and briefcases. In one Whitehall outpost, staff are using ash from their bio-mass burner as garden fertiliser. Elsewhere, Home Office officials have taken to generating electricity from bootleg alcohol.
Saturday 05 January 2013
Civil Service will need to defuse rows over public spending review, think-tank warns
Wednesday 26 December 2012
Vice President Nicolas Maduro surprised Venezuelans with a Christmas Eve announcement that President Hugo Chavez is up and walking two weeks after cancer surgery in Cuba, but the news did little to ease uncertainty surrounding the leader's condition.
Sunday 23 December 2012
They lived in Edwardian England at a time of impeccable manners and stiff upper lips, but for these two gentleman scientists something very bitter and acrimonious must have happened to destroy a 25-year collaboration on the study of microscopic sea-shells collected from the other side of the world.
Thursday 20 December 2012
The BBC has taken legal advice on whether it can recoup some of the £450,000 payoff given to director-general George Entwistle, Lord Patten said today.
Thursday 20 December 2012
The worst-performing 10 per cent of senior Whitehall mandarins are to be identified for the first time and put into a programme of “performance management” which could ultimately lead to their dismissal.
Wednesday 19 December 2012
The head of the Civil Service has warned that the public will have to cut costs and work for longer to fund their retirement.
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
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- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death