HOW FAR ARE ADVISORS INVOLVED IN POLICY DECISIONS?

What is the role of a civil servant? Could it be that they are responsible for carrying out administrative duties within the governmental process? Perhaps that is a little over-simplified. According to conventional media reports civil servants can be involved in writing manifestos.

http://m.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190871/Dont-help-Labour-manifesto-Furious-Tories-warn-senior-civil-servants-help-rivals-election.html

(A comment on the linked page refers to Common Purpose btw.)

Why would civil servants be consulted about manifestos? They are conversant with the practicalities of proposals. They are experienced in dealing with proposed legislation. There is some sense to this. However, we have to wonder how far this advisory process can go. To what extent should civil servants be involved in an advisory capacity?

This comes to back to the ‘advisors’ doesn’t it? Imo ministers and civil servants are very closely connected.  Ministers have openly admitted that  they accept advice from advisors. It seems that advice is accepted with little questioning if it emanates from a senior government employee. So who really wields the power? We vote for a particular candidate and our MHK now minister then does as he is told? Does that sound like democracy to you?

Comments welcome from ministers who feel that the above is an inaccurate statement.

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