Blog: Civil servants are too condescending over Brexit, insists Michael Gove – The Times

Michael Gove has warned senior ranks of the civil service to expect sweeping reforms in a stinging critique of its failures which he says are helping to drive voters’ disaffection with political elites.

The minister responsible for the Cabinet Office, the department that coordinates Whitehall, said that the Covid crisis had made the need for government change more urgent.

Mr Gove signalled more relocations from London, fast-tracking numerate officials, properly evaluating existing programmes and protecting those willing to experiment even if it meant short-term failure.

In a critique shared with his former aide Dominic Cummings, now Boris Johnson’s senior adviser, Mr Gove lambasted the senior civil service for its “cultural condescension” towards those who voted Leave in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

“It is not

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