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Andrew Mitchell, friend of the civil service

10 June 2013

1:17 PM

10 June 2013

1:17 PM

Tensions between some ministers and the civil service are at boiling point, with vicious briefings taking place on both sides. Seemingly keen to keep the pen-pushers sweet, former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell lashed out last week at colleagues who have been winding up Sir Humphrey: ‘This behind-the-hand rubbishing of public servants is extremely unattractive.’ Spoken like a man who has certainly never been rude himself.

A ‘former minister’ also told Sue Cameron in the Telegraph: ‘This is not good management and it’s not good politics, either. If it’s a choice between politicians and civil servants, there’s no doubt that the public will side with the civil servants.’ One wonders if Mr Mitchell and this ‘former minister’ are well acquainted.

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On the battleground of column inches, a Whitehall source hits back at Mitchell:

‘If you worked in International Development of course everything looks hunky-dory. Civil servants love spending money, so he had it easy in government. He would see it very differently if he had ever had to actually engage.’

It is well documented that Mitchell wants to become a mandarin himself, as our next EU Commissioner; a job that would have to be signed off by the the men in grey suits. One wonders if Mr Mitchell is playing a smart game here.


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  • Robert Taggart

    Guessing those lame-brains of the ‘civil’ service need all the friends they can muster !
    Begs the question though – who of the two be the more desperate ?!!

  • Whizzabour

    A pox on Mitchell, and a bigger pox upon the UNCIVIL service.

  • McClane

    ‘If it’s a choice between politicians and civil servants, there’s no doubt that the public will side with the civil servants.’

    There’s a chance the public will side with neither.

    Mitchell’s just looking for an EU job. The civil servants just want to keep their salaries and pensions. So why should the public give a toss about either?

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