No longer servants, no longer civil (pt78)

Last week’s Budget has done nothing to calm the underlying (and worsening) tensions between Ministers and the Civil Service. Mandarins’ morale has been low for some time and, along with their willingness to support Ministers, is likely to fall further. #Budget16 hit Civil Servants’ pensions and put them front and centre of the EU referendum’s political bun fight, too, with the Treasury’s upcoming list of the benefits to ‘Remain’ pitched as a key part of the campaign. Given the state of the Labour party, UK politics effectively has a one-party state today – and in all one-party states, the Government is more at risk from opponents inside, not outside.

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