Bob Kerslake, former senior Civil Servant, questions Government’s Trade Union Reforms

Bob Kerslake, the former Head of the Home Civil Service, has questioned the Government’s Trade Union Bill and also suggested that the Government has an authoritarian streak.

Writing in the Guardian newspaper Kerslake said:

“Taken with the other measures being put forward by the government – curtailing the powers of the lords, watering down the the Freedom of Information Act, cutting the so-called ‘short money’ to support the opposition parties – they demonstrate a worryingly authoritarian streak in this government that is not comfortable with scrutiny and challenge”.

He added:

“The issues at stake here go beyond the immediate concerns of the trade unions themselves, or indeed one political party. They go to the heart of what we mean by an open society and balanced, proportionate government”.