Simon Case should stand up for the integrity of a battered civil service | Jill Rutter


The new cabinet secretary has youth, and Boris Johnson, on his side. But dealing with the many crises ahead will test his mettle

On 9 September, Simon Case will become the 13th cabinet secretary.

Another white man with an Oxbridge degree. Another career civil servant, experienced in policy but not delivery. Another whose rise started with a posting to the private office of another prime minister, David Cameron. The only thing that stands out about Simon Case is his youth – at 41, he is younger than all other cabinet secretaries since the first. He would have been on the insiders’ watchlist as a potential cabinet secretary – but perhaps not yet.

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