Civil servants and ministers at war in Westminster?


Civil servants have been coming under attack from ministers who have accused them of blocking reform and not carrying out orders.

And some workers are planning to strike over plans which would see the numbers of staff reduced by a quarter in government cuts.

In the week Tom Cruise has been filming his own war drama on the streets of Westminster, Adam Fleming looked at relations between ministers and their staff.

Studio debate: Nick Herbert MP and Lord O'Donnell

Lord O'Donnell on working with Cameron PR Steve Hilton


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