Permanent Secretary circular reveals Tories’ twisted mind again
Home Secretary Priti Patel is under pressure after an investigation into a ‘tsunami’ of accusations of bullying found her guilty of breaches of the ministerial code in her behaviour toward staff – but the media have been speculating that Johnson will let her off the hook, even though breaches of the ministerial code of conduct are supposed to result in resignation or sacking.
The SKWAWKBOX can reveal that a circular from the Permanent Secretary to senior civil servants, seen by the SKWAWKBOX, confirms that Johnson is going to keep Patel in her post. because he blames the civil service for her behaviour and doesn’t think the code of conduct says what it says.
The circular tells the PSs that:
The prime minister takes a different view on the Code of Conduct.
and that the Patel situation happened because of:
shortcomings in civil service leadership.
Presumably the civil servants didn’t kowtow sufficiently deeply or tug their forelocks hard enough.
The Tories’ complete contempt for democracy, good governance and public servants – and their love for avoiding accountability by blaming subordinates – comes to the fore yet again.
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