Whitehall

In his 59 years as front man of the Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger can rarely, if indeed ever, have penned a more aptly named song that coincided so perfectly with political events than yesterday’s surprise release, Easy Sleazy. Jagger’s duet with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl is about lockdown but its title could well make it the soundtrack for...

Former chief constable warns Britain is moving towards ‘paramilitary policing’

A former chief constable has warned Britain is “dangerously” edging towards the type of  “paramilitary policing” linked to “repressive regimes”. Michael Barton, who was chief of Durham police and the Crime Operations lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said...

£700m ‘catch-up fund’ will benefit better-off pupils most

Pupils from better-off families are set to benefit most from the £700 million pound catch-up programme announced by the government. Education secretary Gavin Williamson laid out details of the fund...

NHS reform will give ministers more power; China bans BBC ‘fake news’

Matt Hancock’s blueprint to reform the NHS, better integrate social care and “do away with irksome bureaucracy” will also hand greater power over the NHS to ministers. Conservatives have broadly...

UK exports to EU down 68% – Gove repeatedly ignored hauliers warning

British ports have recorded a massive 68% drop in the volume of exports to the EU this January, compared to same month last year. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) have...

Unprecedented – Priti Patel broke ministerial code on bullying but keeps her job, civil...

The head of the inquiry into claims of bullying by Priti Patel at the Home Office has resigned after the prime minister ignored the findings that the home secretary broke the ministerial code. Boris Johnson’s...

NAO report on government’s £18bn Covid contracts; Starmer v Corbyn; and the PM’s green...

The highly critical National Audit Office report into the government’s awarding of £18 billion in procurement deals has been overshadowed by infighting in the Labour party and the prime minister’s green plan for the...

Priti Patel’s ban on ‘two-or-more’ people protesting will ‘cause a lot of trouble’

Priti Patel wants to ban protests of more than two people during the second lockdown and has briefed senior police officers to enforce coronavirus law banning marches and demonstrations. Chief constables are concerned the home...

Priti Patel spends £30k for jumbo jet to deport one asylum seeker

The Home Office has spent £30,000 to charter a jumbo jet in order to deport a single asylum seeker to France. An investigation by Channel 4 News discovered the “deportation flight chartered by the Home...
Whitehall shake-up

Whitehall shake-up – yet another top civil servant quits

Boris Johnson's promised Whitehall shake-up is continuing apace. Director general of the Attorney General’s Office, Rowena Collins Rice, announced her resignation only hours after the departure of Sir Jonathan Jones, head of the Government...