This Section contains various tongue-in-cheek advice about working in the UK Civil Service. But don't forget that many a true word is said in jest ...
Let's begin with a number of lessons in speaking and writing the civil servants' language: Mandarin.
It is no accident that Whitehall officials are known as Mandarins. Their language is often as hard to understand as anything spoken in Beijing. These first 9 lessons, mainly written by David Fuhr and Martin Jones, with a contributions from Jo Rixom, will provide you with the basic language that you need to get by and survive in Whitehall.
Lessons 1 & 2: Basic Vocabulary: What your Bosses Really Mean - and ...
the Whitehall Clock and Calendar
Lesson 3: Basic Vocabulary: Policy Development
Lessons 4 & 5: Communicating with Ministers' Offices - and ...
Lessons 6 & 7: How to Write Government Documents - The Title & The Foreword
Lesson 8: How to Write Government Documents - The Text
Lesson 9: Understanding Drafting Meetings
Lesson 10 is a Masterclass by Lord Butler.
Lesson 11 provides sage advice from Sir Humphrey Appleby on how to survive Ministers' attempts at Civil Service Reform.