22 May 2010

That's the way it goes

Peter Housden then, as a replacement for Sir John Elvidge? (Who he?)

No previous connection with Scotland as far as I can gather. A teacher, turned educationalist, not a civil servant before 2000. (Not a real civil servant therefore; no grounding in drafting GF answers or PQs or submissions,)

Was none of my ex-colleagues in the Scottish Office worthy of a step up?

Or is Whitehall seeking to re-establish its dominion over the Scottsih Civil Service?

Historical Note: Within living history, the only previous incomer as Scottish Permanent Secretary was Nicholas Morrison in the 1970s. And he was brought in as a clean pair of hands following the Pottinger affair.

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