15. Re: the public service - How can we grant the technocrats greater independence while still ensuring they're implementing the policies the public wants.

15. Re: the public service - How can we grant the technocrats greater independence while still ensuring they're implementing the policies the public wants.

Answer

The issue with an independent civil service is to remove the political interference that is reducing transparency and removing ethical checks on policy. The argument that efficiency might be lost has to be adjudged against these objectives and efficiency loss dealt with as a separate issue – if indeed it does result.