Government and Institutions

Boris Johnson must not allow crises to obscure his long-term vision

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

Emily Carver, Head of Media at the IEA, has penned an article for Conservative Home on the need for Boris Johnson to demonstrate his long-term plan in the build up to the next general election.

Emily argues that the Prime Minister must not allow his administration to be defined by crisis management, and should focus on passing far-reaching reform within Whitehall to diversify the increasingly homogenous civil service.

“We know that the civil service is hampered by the dominance of a metropolitan left-liberal world view. Time and time again civil servants are accused of obstructing Conservative policies for political reasons – not least when it came to getting Brexit over the line.”

“Endless diversity and inclusion initiatives will do little to remedy this. Cummings’ credibility may be questionable, but his calls to recruit ‘weirdos and misfits’ into the civil service was a sound one. A civil service that does not allow for independent thought will fail to attract or retain the brightest minds.”

Read the full article here.