(Original post by Coolsharp)
Anyone else find ing the civil service is losing a bit of its appeal what with cabinet ministers falling left, right and centre. I know that 'Yes, Minister' has clearly shown they're not that essential to the process but still...it can't help a dept. when your minister just quits..can it?
But that's what makes it all fun and incredibly exciting
Seriously though, it doesn't help any department when a secretary of state or minister quits unexpectedly. When lots of them do, it's like "
I've been on leave and training this week and the last, and what I am about to come back to on Monday will be significantly different to what I left behind - not least because my own Secretary of State has changed, but those of all bar one of the departments I work with have also changed. Then there is the impact of the local elections.
Interesting and unprecedented times.
Still, it is at times like this when you are glad the country has a functioning civil service. Chamberlain in 1940, Eden in 1956/7, Thatcher in 1990 and Major in 1995 all faced similar crises (and three of the four eventually went) regarding party support. We'll keep things ticking over while Parliament and the Government sorts itself out. The unemployed will still get their benefits, the ill will still have access to hospitals and doctors surgeries and the emergency services will still keep going. After all, during long election campaigns, Parliament doesn't sit - for sometimes weeks at a time, and there are no ministers as such, but the country still keeps running.
And if the worst comes to the worst, there's always Her Majesty and the Privy Council to sort things out.