Cabinet Office has no records of obstructive officials
Some top civil servants have deliberately obstructed plans that ministers want implemented.
That’s the view of the Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, who in a speech to the Institute for Government last month complained that “there are cases where permanent secretaries have blocked agreed government policy from going ahead or advised other officials not to implement ministerial decisions”.
But how often have senior officials actually been behaving in this unconstitutional and obstructive way to intentionally thwart the wishes of ministers? I made a freedom of information request to the Cabinet Office for examples of the problem Maude is angry about. Read more.
Martin Rosenbaum | BBC | 8th November 2012
Hillsborough police chief risked sack over ‘interfering’ with complaint
Ex-police chief Sir Norman Bettison resigned after learning he faced possible dismissal over a last-minute discussion with a senior executive in which he allegedly sought to influence talks about his role in the Hillsborough scandal, documents showed last night.
At a meeting on September 15, Mr Sampson was invited to detail the conversation to the committee deciding Sir Norman’s future, according to minutes obtained after a freedom of information request. Mr Sampson’s account of the conversation was redacted. Read more.
Paul Peachey | The Independent | 8th November 2012
SNP pressures councils to allow more wind farms
Scottish Borders Council is being asked to change a new blueprint for the area’s future development after government officials complained of the “negative language” about wind farms.
Correspondence released under the Freedom of Information Act show Anne Grove, a Scottish Government senior planner, attacked the local authority for suggesting “the Borders Council is at saturation point for wind farms.” Read more.
Simon Johnson | The Telegraph | 8th November 2012