As Britain’s strongest civil servant, Simon Case, marks his six-month anniversary within the job, Jack Blanchard takes a better have a look at the function of the Cabinet secretary — and asks if ‘Sir Humphrey,’ the fictional character from “Yes Minister,” actually does always win.
Jack speaks to Richard Wilson, Cabinet secretary underneath Tony Blair, about his years as Whitehall’s prime official, and his recollections of crises together with the 9/11 terror assaults. Suzanne Heywood, widow of the legendary Cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood, displays on her late husband’s lengthy profession in authorities and considers the extent to which unelected officers can find yourself shaping authorities coverage. The Institute for Government’s Catherine Haddon explains the historical past behind the function of Cabinet secretary and the numerous completely different features to the job. And we trawl by hours of archive interviews with previous Cabinet secretaries to discover how these highly effective however mysterious figures on the coronary heart of presidency information the ship of state.
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