Armando Iannucci, creator of 'The Thick of It', discusses the unseen work and pressures of the civil service. Claire Ewing from the Scottish Youth Parliament meets Claire Monaghan, a senior civil servant, who explains that the role of a civil servant is to remain neutral and work with the government to implement their policies.

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12 June 2009

As they watch, students could list all the tasks and responsibilities of civil servants. Following the clip, students could discuss the different roles of a politician and a civil servant. To what extent are both of these roles essential in decision-making in Scotland and the UK? In what ways are these roles inter-linked and/or inter-dependent? Discuss in class whether it is possible for a civil servant to remain politically neutral.