The Prime Minister’s plea for a return to some of the values of the King James bible probably struck a chord in the country, even among non-church-goers, such as myself. Yet the deeply felt malaise of the country, visible in so many areas of national life and the mainstay of comments on this web-site, cannot really be laid at the doorstep of churchmen. The real corruption comes from the top. It oozes from the system put in place for the benefit of, and administered by, our own permanent civil service, itself corrupted by overlong and overly close association with continental methods of public administration, dating back from our entry into the Common Market, nowadays best known by the increasingly loathed initials EU!
Charles Moore, former editor of the Daily Telegraph, wrote in The Spectator Magazine, on 15th October 2011, as follows:
“…amid all the aerating about standards in public life and ministerial codes, no one seems to worry who now exercises power in these situations. The answer is civil servants, and people should be worried by this. It was the permanent secretary of the MoD who was asked to look into Dr Fox’s case, and the Cabinet Secretary who took charge. Why is this considered appropriate? Civil Servants are, as their name suggests, supposed to serve ministers, not discipline them. If they investigate minister’s conduct, it is only natural they will tend to apply to them the standards which they would use for their own kind. They always detest the idea that ministers should be advised by any but themselves, so they will use petty scandals like this one to circumscribe them still further. Yet ministers are different, being directly answerable to the public who elected them to office. They have even heavier moral duties than civil servants, but they should also be freer, and should be able to insert various irregulars into the system……Prigs like Sir Alistair Graham say how disgraceful it is that the last word in handling this (Dr Fox) still rests with the Prime Minister. Actually Mr Cameron has farmed out too much of his responsibility.”
Four days in advance of the publication date for the above article, Douglas Carswell MP wrote a plea for more parliamentary control of the civil service, which is quoted in full on my blog, as the first posting of the day on 20th December 2011, linked here.
This is a topic to which much attention now needs to be given before we establish revised governance procedures and revitalized democratic practises for Britain in the looming post-EU era.