Civil Service’s arrogant attitude to public appointments…

IF you’re one of those sceptical types that believes public appointments are a political stitch-up, your suspicions probably won’t have been allayed by the exposure of this prickly correspondence. It was sparked after the Commissioner for Public Appointments told Stormont’s Public Accounts Committee: I think I could best sum up the attitude that I see on a daily basis by mentioning a phone call that one of my officials took recently from a civil servant who said: ‘well we know who we want to appoint, now how do we get round this code of practice’. It’s the second time this month that Felicity Huston has ruffled feathers – not bad, considering she’s funded by OFMDFM, who are currently embroiled in the biggest appointments row right now.

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