O’Donnell defends officials

Former cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell has defended the civil service following attacks from backbench MPs – including Tory MP Douglas Carswell and minister Greg Barker – and newspapers.

By Civil Service World

25 Apr 2012

“When governments go through difficult patches you’re looking for who you can blame. so the issue comes up: ‘Well, let’s try blaming the civil service.’ It doesn’t usually work and I don’t think it’ll work this time either,” he told BBC Radio 4.

He added that being an ex-cabinet secretary has given him more freedom to defend the civil service, which he said is a “global public good” and “revered around the world.”

O’Donnell also admitted that he is considering applying to become governor of the Bank of England.

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