Brexit Minister has failed to challenge "half-baked" civil service myths - FDA Union

February 1, 2018

Responding to the latest comments in the House of Commons by Brexit minister Steve Baker, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said: 

"To stand at the despatch box and refuse to challenge a half-baked conspiracy theory about the civil service – one that is even now being disowned by its supposed source – is the height of irresponsibility from a serving minister. 

"It is not good enough for Mr Baker to simply shrug his shoulders and allow unfounded accusations about officials to go unchallenged. 

"Every day civil servants put their personal views aside and work tirelessly to implement the decisions of ministers – and they do so with a professionalism that puts the likes of Mr Baker to shame. 

"These cowardly actions are beneath the office he holds, and Mr Baker risks seriously undermining the government he is a part of."


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