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  1. July 28, 2013

    Former civil service chief to champion corporate clients

    Lord O’Donnell, the former head of the civil service, is to take up a role helping companies influence government...

  2. Westminster Blog

    October 14, 2011

    What is Gus O'Donnell actually investigating?

    One of the many mysteries surrounding the Liam Fox/Adam Werritty controversy is what exactly Sir Gus O’Donnell, the cabinet...

  1. September 21, 2011

    Spads seen as vital to government

    Clare Short, the Labour former cabinet minister, famously dubbed special advisers as “the people who live in the dark”, but...

  2. Westminster Blog

    December 14, 2010

    Sir Gus O'Donnell asks ministers to consider possible stimulus measures

    Philip Stephens, the FT’s chief political commentator, reveals in his column this morning that a confidential paper is...

  3. Westminster Blog

    August 10, 2010

    Sir Gus O'Donnell wanted to quit after the election

    Channel 4 have the tale tonight that Sir Gus O’Donnell wanted to quit in May but the coalition persuaded him to stay to ease...

  4. May 8, 2010

    Whitehall's God set to make government

    Not for nothing is Sir Gus O'Donnell known in Whitehall as God. It is not just his initials or the way he has risen up the...

  5. February 24, 2010

    Gus O'Donnell and the climate of fear

    Bullying in Number 10? The voters don't know the half of it. Sir Gus, Prime Minister Gordon Brown's long-suffering cabinet...

  6. February 23, 2010

    Call rejected for probe at No 10

    Sir Gus O'Donnell, Britain's most senior civil servant, has rejected calls by David Cameron for an independent inquiry into...

  7. January 21, 2010

    Intelligence agencies told to co-operate

    Gordon Brown has called on Britain's intelligence agencies to improve their sharing of information as part of a raft of...

  8. October 30, 2009

    Public sector salaries called into question

    A wide-ranging review of who gets paid what at the top of the public sector - and why - was called for yesterday by Sir Gus...

  9. October 14, 2009

    Sir Gus is not to blame - OK?

    Surely Sir Gus O'Donnell, our top civil servant, would not try to shuffle off the blame for the Damian Green affair on one...

  10. October 7, 2009

    Suits you, Sir Gus

    Sir Gus O'Donnell, the cabinet secretary, gave away one of his nice M&S suits this week when cabinet office staff took part...

  11. September 14, 2009

    Charity begins at the office, economists told

    Economists are to be urged by Sir Gus O'Donnell, Britain's top civil servant, to offer free help to charities, in an...

  12. May 6, 2009

    Brown's man in the No 10 jungle . . .

    Spare a thought for the beleaguered inmates of Number 10 and especially for Sir Gus O'Donnell, the country's top civil...

  13. March 12, 2009

    London calling

    Rather touching to see civil service chief, Sir Gus O'Donnell's lament about how hard it is to get through to US officials...

  14. February 27, 2009

    Versed in government speak

    Taking on the job vacated by Treasury high flyer John Kingman in looking after the department's relationship with business...

  15. February 18, 2009

    Whitehall machine faces downturn test

    The machinery of government has not been politicised by 11 years of Labour rule, says the country's top civil servant. But...

  16. July 30, 2008

    How tax credits hit the rocks

    With Labour all at sea and rumours of mutiny clouding round Captain Gordon Brown, is his old flagship, HMS Tax Credits,...

  17. July 23, 2008

    Just like old times

    Government might be better if incoming ministers knew more about how Whitehall worked - something that is exercising the...

  18. July 17, 2008

    Home Office gets fitter for purpose

    The Home Office has hauled itself off the bottom of the league table of Whitehall departments and is now fitter for...

  19. June 11, 2008

    Whitehall cloud has a golden lining

    There is a certain froideur, I understand, between Gordon Brown and the man who should be his chief helper and adviser, Sir...

  20. June 4, 2008

    A taxing matter

    In another part of the bunker, there are ruffled feathers over my revelations last month about the hitherto secret and very...

  21. May 24, 2008

    Tories attack cost of ditching ID cards

    Suppliers of the controversial national identity card will have to be compensated for lost profits, in addition to their...

  22. May 20, 2008

    Inflation's virtuous circle looks like turning vicious

    The virtuous circle of low inflation expectations that is helping keep a lid on inflation, risks turning vicious. Just last...

  23. May 17, 2008

    Mint julep nights

    A "vicious mint julep" helped make the private equity group 3i's annual party a high-scoring 8 out of 10 event for one...

  24. April 17, 2008

    Timing of Smith's terrorism plans irks Tories

    Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, yesterday fuelled a fresh political row over her anti-terrorism plans after announcing...

  25. April 16, 2008

    Bankers see shift in PM's grasp of crisis

    When leading bankers arrived in Downing Street for breakfast with Gordon Brown yesterday morning, expectations were low....

  26. April 14, 2008

    Whitehall fails to take on apprentices

    Figures seen by the Financial Times reveal Whitehall has not practised what it preaches in a crucial area of government...

  27. December 19, 2007

    The price of trust

    Public trust in Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs has come in for a further battering this week. First came the progress...

  28. November 14, 2007

    Brown bunker traps Sir Gus

    Oh dear! No one in Whitehall expected Gordon Brown to revert to type so quickly. He has been in Number 10 less than six...

  29. October 10, 2007

    Browned off

    During last week's election fever, David Cameron, Tory leader, wrote to Sir Gus O'Donnell, cabinet secretary, asking for a...

  30. September 5, 2007

    Undeserving rich

    We all know about the City's million-pound bonuses that are starting to create a climate of resentment among the lower-paid...

  31. July 26, 2007

    Brown plans unified border force in fight against terror

    Britain will have a "unified border force," combining customs and immigration officers, under proposals to fight terrorism...

  32. July 18, 2007

    Bit of a googly

    Making documentaries is not one of the Blairites' strongest points, is it? I managed to catch the last of the programmes by...

  33. July 11, 2007

    Putting a lid on it

    Sir Christopher Meyer, our former ambassador in Washington, outraged the establishment when he published a book referring...

  34. July 4, 2007

    Out of harm's way

    A collective sigh of relief could be heard in Whitehall when it was announced that Shriti Vadera, one of Gordon Brown's...

  35. June 29, 2007

    Stronger role for Cabinet Office minister

    Ed Miliband will be Gordon Brown's policy enforcer across Whitehall, following a promotion to minister for Cabinet Office...

  36. June 28, 2007

    Top team signals end to 'sofa' style

    Gordon Brown underlined his determination to end the Blairite era of "sofa government" yesterday, announcing a symbolic...

  37. June 14, 2007

    'Collegiate' is the new buzzword in Whitehall

    Gordon Brown's protracted coronation as Labour leader means the last few weeks in British politics have appeared...

  38. June 13, 2007

    Former aide returns to heart of government

    Gordon Brown yesterday announced he would recruit Tony Blair's former principal private secretary to a senior post at the...

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