posted on Oct, 7 2012 @ 09:39 AM
reply to post by stumason
I don't doubt for one minute that senior Civil Servants try to unduly influence policy to further their own agenda's.
I seem to recall civial servants being involved in the various alleged plots against Harold Wilson - I have no reason at all to think that they would
act exactly the same with any Prime Minister who wished to implement policies which would be contrary to their wishes or more specifically
However, I suspect that this would be most unlikely under a Conservative administration - they tend to be from the same sort of elite background and
with the same vested interests - I dare say that offered little resistance to Blair and Brown's policies for the exact same reason.
Obviously there are inherent faults with the Civil Service system and they have an obscene amount of power and influence for unelected officials.
But I'm not convinced with this recent bout of passing the buck on to them.
It seems as if all our current politicians are incapable of accepting responsibility for their own actions and poor decision making.
Whatever the process the ultimate decision and responsibility always lies with the relevant Minister.
How often do politicians resign nowadays?
Politicians like Heseltine, Hurd and Lawson had principles and accepted that the buck stopped with them - quite the opposite to this amoral bunch we
Seems quite obvious to me that this is the usual deflection tactics for public consumption whilst absolving the politicians of any responsibility.
Like most things in the UK, reform of the Civil Service is required but for this to happen we need politicians of conviction rather than the
careerist, self-promoting and self-advancing crop we have today.
A bit of preaching to the converted I know, and I've wandered a bit off topic yet again - becoming too much of a habit this.