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Priti Patel’s bullying accusations: Is the Government trying to yeild to much influence over the civil service?

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This government has had its fair share of disturbing moments that show that it is far from normal. The most recent of which was the resignation of Sir Phillip Rutnam due to the atmosphere of bullying in the home office. The reports from former staff are alarming with some saying home secretary Priti Patel would humiliate civil servants and create a toxic environment to work in which raises an important question, is it just an accepted part of politics that government officials are allowed to bully out members of the civil service?

The civil service is an important part of government that must remain politically independent and free of Downing street interference


The civil service is an important part of government that must remain politically independent and free of Downing street interference. This is vital to ensure that the decisions made are those that are the best for the country. So when ministers like Priti Patel make it difficult for civil servants to do their job effectively, we all suffer as a result. Particularly those in the Home Office who deal with such important issues; the resignation of people like Sir Phillip Rutman therefore having the potential to be detrimental to national security. It also sets a dangerous precedent, if Priti Patel is allowed to bully civil servants out of office, then what is to stop every other minister doing the same? This threatens to seriously undermine the integrity of the civil service with a profoundly damaging effect.

this government seems to expect complete capitulation

The fact that Boris Johnson has refused to even address this issue shows a serious issue with the government, inferring that they believe that the majority that they received in 2019 enables them to disregard political norms, and to act completely free from scrutiny. The relationship between the government and civil service is supposed to be one of co-operation, working together for the good of the country, but this government seems to expect complete capitulation. This is dangerous and should not be allowed to continue.

Last modified: 12th March 2020

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