I’m off overseas for a few days. (Does anyone else apart from the British say ‘overseas’?)
I liked this from the Redundant Public Servant too:
The civil servant represents the Roman view of the world. Order, planning, direction. The councillor in contrast is the celt whose dreams are swirls and curves. Bureaucratic accountability against local people taking control over their lives back with complete freedom to do anything or nothing about the problems that surround them.
It feels increasingly to me that an old world is passing quickly now.
And with it, perhaps, public servants who can draw such powerful historical analogies.
See you next week.
Now, must dig out my pith helmet…..