‘Gove rants at clock-watching civil servants’Sunday Times, 21 January 2018The Environment Secretary  ‘accused senior civil servants of blocking new policies’, the Sunday Times wrote.  We’ve been here before.  When he was education secretary, Gove constantly accused teachers and... Read more
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‘Gove rants at clock-watching civil servants’

Sunday Times, 21 January 2018

The Environment Secretary  ‘accused senior civil servants...

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Perhaps it was suffering a New Year’s Eve hangover.  Perhaps it was January blues.

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This weekend the entire Social Mobility Commission resigned.  Alan Milburn, the Commission’s chair, wrote that he was ‘deeply proud of the work...

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