Sunday, 20 March 2011

A civil service for Wales

Lee Waters posts an interesting piece about the fact that the senior civil service in Wales is not fit for purpose.
That's certainly the feeling of anyone who's had dealings with senior WAG bureaucrats, whose permanent secretary is answerable to London's civil service rather than the people of Wales.
Having a "Little London" in Cardiff Bay is not good for our democracy. But identifying a problem is only the first step. It's essential that the Welsh civil service is re-structured to meet the needs of Wales rather than ensuring that devolution is a partial and begrudging handing over of power from the mothership.


Anonymous said...

A Welsh Public Service is essential many of the ones that are in Cardiff now are only there because they failed in their day jobs and that goes for the inspecting bodies as well.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if the civil service in Wales actually like Wales and took an interest in her culture and history.

I always get the impression that they think the job is fine but it's just a pity they have to deal with 'the Welsh'.

Colonial is a word which comes to mind.

Jac o' the North said...

This problem has been highlighted many times. The real question now must be, 'How do we change it?'

Plaid Whitegate said...

There's a specific issue of having the most important civil servant in Wales answerable to London directly rather than Welsh politicians. That's got to change.
More generally, it's a culture change for senior bureaucrats to realise that we have different values here.