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Civil servants can’t down tools if they don’t like Israel

6 April 2024

12:20 AM

6 April 2024

12:20 AM

Britain in the nineteenth century pioneered the idea of the professional, impartial civil service independent of politics. In the twenty-first, that same civil service is unfortunately pioneering the notion of a body increasingly independent of the state that employs it, and apt at times to follow its own remarkably political agenda without much control from anyone.

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