It's encouraging, then, that the Tories are preparing to end this permanancy of civil servants. As Kirkup goes on to report:
"Francis Maude, the shadow Cabinet Office minister overseeing the Tories preparations for power, wants to end the 'job for life' culture at the top of the civil service and make officials directly accountable for the performance of their departments.
The most senior officials would be moved to fixed-term contracts. Their performance would be also reviewed by ministers working with new 'non executive directors' brought into Whitehall from the private sector." Expect to hear the Tories mooting more ideas for shaking up the civil service between now and the next election. The success of an Age of Austerity agenda will rest largely on government being done differently.