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    1. February 13, 2015

      A singular election that will test the civil service

      With barely two and a half months to go until the general election, I cannot help thinking that my successor, Sir...

    2. January 28, 2015

      Gus O’Donnell: Number 10’s ultimate insider

      You might expect Gus O’Donnell to look out of place in the ultra-modern offices of Frontier Economics. Instead of the...

    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...

    3. 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”,...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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....

    18. 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...

    19. July 23, 2008

      Just like old times

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

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. October 10, 2007

      Browned off

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

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. July 11, 2007

      Putting a lid on it

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

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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