No Coherent Strategy

In a devastating critique of the state of Whitehall, Britain’s top civil servants warn that the weak, dysfunctional government of Gordon Brown has no coherent strategy. This desperate situation is complicated by the fact that the office of the British prime minister holds a concentration of formal power greater than that of almost any other country in the developed world. Today all the worst bits of policy making are coming from No10. Any problem is met with a kneejerk reaction and a loony announcement from the Bunker. For Whitehall, struggling to keep the show on the road, the less contact it has with Brown the better. In particular, the Treasury has given up on its duty to control public spending because it has been hijacked by the PM and turned into an all-singing all-dancing department interfering with everything from social policy and welfare to reducing international debt.

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