Francis Maude by Paul Heartfield

The Francis Maude interview: "Buy-in is great, but the civil service doesn’t have a veto on its own reform"

30 April 2015

As Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude has overseen the biggest shake-up of the civil service in living memory – and earned a reputation as ‘a man trying to fight everyone in the pub at the...

Lord Falconer photographed for CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Ready to govern? Lord Falconer on Labour's plans for the civil service

27 April 2015

Lord Falconer is the man entrusted by Ed Miliband with preparing Labour for government. Here he speaks to Matt Foster about the party’s plans for Whitehall, and why he thinks the coalition has got...

Margaret Hodge photographed by Paul Heartfield for Civil Service World

Quizzing the inquisitor: the Margaret Hodge interview

16 April 2015

Before Margaret Hodge returned to being simply the Labour candidate for Barking, she spoke to Matt Foster about HMRC, claims of grandstanding...

10 Downing Street

"Squatter in Downing Street" and other myths: does Britain need clearer rules around caretaker government?

28 April 2015

Caretaker government is meant to reassure the public and the markets that there’s someone in charge in the event of an indecisive election. But what if the rules aren’t clear? Matt Foster takes a...

Top of the class? Two years of the Major Projects Leadership Academy

27 April 2015

It’s two years since the launch of the Major Projects Leadership Academy, a training school designed to improve the leadership of big public sector schemes. With 100 graduates now under its belt,...

Lord Hennessy and Lord O'Donnell photographed for CSW by Jack Lawson

"People need to be ready for longer coalition talks" - Peter Hennessy interviews former cabinet secretary Gus O’Donnell

22 April 2015

Five years ago, Gus O’Donnell was a key player in the delicate transition to a coalition government. Peter Hennessy asks the former cabinet secretary what we might expect after next month’s vote...

A picture of the First ever printed copy of Magna Carta, 1508, on display in Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy.

Exhibition review: Magna Carta – Law, Liberty, Legacy

30 March 2015

The British Library’s major new show marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. After a morning spent among scrolls and artifacts – including King John’s back molars – Jacqueline Tenreiro gives...

Boris Johnson

Review: Boris Johnson's The Churchill Factor

20 March 2015

The London mayor’s adoring paean to Churchill sometimes reads as an effort to reflect some glory back onto its author, writes John Ashmore