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I’m crying quietly into my cereal for those poor people who were bullied by Dominic Raab.

For the record, I spent nearly all of the 1970s in the Civil Service, as a press officer. We worked closely with Ministers, including Willie Ross, who had a fiery reputation but was actually a fine man. I never met one who could have been described even remotely as a bully.

The Civil Service itself, that was another matter. My unit was led by a man who was a bully of the first order. He was not alone. At the top levels there were tales of phones being thrown out of windows. I’m sure things have improved since then, but even now if the benchmark by which Raab was judged was applied across the board within the Service itself, I am sure there would be more than a few heads rolling along Whitehall.

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  1. Lynn Turley
    April 22, 2023 at 8:03 am

    I did wonder, reading the summaries and the resignation letter, if there was an investigation into the civil servant ignoring his mandate in the negotiations. Whether there were warnings issued to those repeatedly late for meetings and if, as in most organisations, there were personal supervision meetings where goals were set for performance and if not met what measures were taken. Or was being asked to do your job at a high level bullying? Perhaps some of the staff should consider if they are suited to their positions

  2. George
    April 22, 2023 at 8:12 am

    Yes, world had gone crazy Lost one of the most efficient govt ministers just because people ding like being told to do their job properly rather than the way they have always done it
    Modernising the civil service is an impossible task, almost need to fire them all and start again

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