"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Shame Of Sir Humphrey

Even a Sir Humphrey would be appalled at being caught with his trousers down in public so what's happened to current head of the Civil Service, Sir Gus O'Donnell?  Perhaps it's a question of holier than thou or, more probably, mightier than thou.

His refusal to release documents to the Chilcot Inquiry demonstrates exactly how futile these very expensive Public Inquiries are.  They have no authority save that the government gives them and, for the most part, they aren't impartial either.

For as long as I can remember, it hasn't been the public calling for 'public inquiries', it's been government, Opposition or some sort of union or quango - no doubt all hoping for a well-paid  role and time to get their books in order.  Governments rarely call Inquiries into events the public think warrant them - Sir David Kelly may be an honourable exception but look where that's got us - nowhere at vast expense.

Sir Gus O'Donnell, as the Head of the Civil Service, is a time-served placeman.  He's no friend of transparency, no friend of the unvarnished truth and no friend of the people of this country.  I wonder how much the msm will pay for an exclusive on O'Donnell's diaries?  He's no Mr Pooter, that's for sure.

Ultimately, we can only judge the venture into Iraq on the knowledge in the public domain and on that basis alone, Blair has much to answer for.

Sir Gus isn't always so reticent.  See what he said about his relationship with Brown.

Full story HERE


  1. I never knew a public enquiry yet, where politicians and civil servants were the subject, which did not end with the conclusion "Mistakes were made, lessons have been learnt and the country's in the very best of hands".

  2. So GOD, who is but a paid, unelected, 'crat can deny an elected semi-'crat (our politicians are but 'crats of Brussels) access to documents?


    Sorry but must dash off to earmark another lamp post......!

  3. Wonderful, Edward. You should be a scriptwriter for the BBC. Sir Gus couldn't put it better himself :-)

    Yes, Iknow, Mr W, hence the post - it's all wrong, pear-shaped and upside-down. Unfortunately, not many of the electorate seem to realise it yet.


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