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Secretaries general do not tell their ministers everything.

6th April, 2014

Secretaries general do not tell their ministers everything. The civil service is institutionally secretive, and the Department of Justice is even more so than many of its sister departments - information in this jurisdiction is often on a need to know' basis, whispered in closed offices to trusted compatriots.

They may not tell their line minister if they feel he or she will act improperly with the information, if there is a suspicion that the...

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