Fionnan Sheahan: Same old story at top of civil service -- inside jobs
'THE civil service never sets up a review, the results of which it cannot determine." The oft-quoted semi-fictitious character from 'Yes, Minister', Sir Humphrey Appleby, beautifully sums up the workings of the mandarins of the civil service.
And it certainly springs to mind when considering the way three crucial posts in the government apparatus are being filled.
Despite all the baloney about public sector reform, the new Government caved in when it came to thinking outside the box on the way the civil service chiefs were appointed.