Passing the buck

I am interested in the correspondence between central departments, between different branches of government and, over time, the way the sense of purpose changes.  I have seen the inside of government, the teams responsible for correspondence and dealing with the day-to-day.  It seemed impressive from the inside.  Looking on now, it is another world.  I refer you to one example: http://hillsborough.independent.gov.uk/repository/docs/CMS000003420001.pdf.  A whole episode of Yes Minister could be based on this correspondence.  There is an evidently angry MP corresponding with a series of indifferent civil servants.  Never mind that it concerns some of the 96 people who died at Hillsborough.

But, is this deliberate cover-up.  Or just Whitehall?  Would it happen today?

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1 Response to “Passing the buck”


  1. 1 Alex September 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Surely you mean “A whole series of Yes Minister could be based on this correspondence” …


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