Proof Left-wing bias is ruining civil service
IT IS impossible to exaggerate the importance to good government of a scrupulously impartial civil service.
So when top mandarin Sue Gray’s report into Partygate lambasted failings in Downing Street, which played a major role in Boris Johnson’s downfall as prime minister, her credibility rested on her supposed unimpeachable neutrality.
Now we discover she’s not just an ardent Labour supporter, she is soon to be a key player in Sir Keir Starmer’s inner circle.
Until her shock resignation yesterday, she was entrusted with sensitive information by the Tory Government. As Starmer’s chief of staff, she will be in charge of his campaign to bring it down at the next election.
Ms Gray’s move not only casts doubt on her integrity, it also casts doubt on the legitimacy of her Partygate findings. Allies of Mr Johnson are already convinced he was nobbled by an Establishment and Left-wing stitch-up in revenge for Brexit.
Equally disturbing, her damning report into lockdown-flouting parties at No 10 is being treated as crucial evidence by the Commons privileges committee investigating whether Mr Johnson misled Parliament. If it finds him guilty, he could lose his seat. But how can he trust that he’ll get a fair hearing?
In hindsight, perhaps Ms Gray’s defection shouldn’t have been such a surprise. After all, the barrister who advised her on the Partygate probe was a card-carrying Labour activist and militant Remainer who expressed hostility to the PM online.
The truth is, these people are not honest brokers. The civil service is steeped in Leftwing (and anti-Brexit) bias, which is why it is so resistant to implementing Tory policies.
As for Starmer, he is a weapons-grade hypocrite. How important it is, he bleats, for bureaucrats to be non-partisan.
His cloth-eared stupidity in so cynically offering Ms Gray a job is breathtaking. This whole unedifying episode truly stinks.