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Back to the good old days

Brexit is the opportunity to reshape the government and do away with the Ministry of Justice, writes Blair Gibbs

22 September 2017

The Home Office existed when Solicitors Journal was launched, and alas will now outlive it. But what if the Ministry of Justice was to follow this publication into history? Brexit provides an opportunity to reshape Whitehall, and with it the departments and agencies that are failing.

Mandarins call this an MOG change – short for ‘machinery of government’ – and too many in recent years have been deck-chair exercises dictated by the size of the cabinet table or the politics of a reshuffle. Some have made sense, but the MOG change that still looks deeply flawed is the one that created the MoJ.

As a former employee of that department I have fond memories of the officials I worked with and of the HQ in Petty France, but I came to realise that the people and the building could not make up for the MoJ’s existential weakness – obvious ...

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