Thank you

I am truly humbled by all the good wishes sent to me here and elsewhere over the last few days.

It means a lot to me.

I’m going to miss working on the inside, its a great place to be with many great colleagues around.

It just didn’t work out for me in the way I had hoped, that doesn’t mean though that I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone seeking great challenges – I would. Working in a bureaucracy brings challenges sure but I have enjoyed operating around those constraints and trying to make things happen. I don’t buy the whole ‘government is a terrible dysfunctional place’ line, I loved it.

But in the last few years I have often found myself comparing working in Whitehall to national service, so I guess I have completed my tour.

I’m a glass half full kind of person, I’m not leaving in a fug of negativity. Rather I hope this helps me to be more useful. I’m not disappearing, just changing the uniform. Or as Monty Python might say, not dead just sleeping (for a while anyway).

Thanks again.

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    • Russell Tanner
    • January 5th, 2009

    I caught up on the news you’re off much later than everyone else, but just wanted to say thanks for all the valuable stuff I’ve gleaned from your blog.

    I hope you’ll continue to blog on your experiences outside in the real world!

    All the best for the future

  1. What you going to call the blog? 🙂

  2. I have never read your blog and came to it by chance (one link leads to another sort of thing:). Well, I have to chime in to congratulate you on your new life direction. I too had decided in the fall 2008 to follow my intuition and de-stress my life and leave my high mantainance government job to devote more time to my growing family. I wish you the best for a safe and successful 2009.

    • andrewlewin
    • January 6th, 2009

    If you have to drop the title, does someone else get the tap on the shoulder and get dubbed “Whitehall Webby 2.0”?

    If so, is there a Doctor Who-esque regeneration sequence?

  3. Good luck for the future – you will be sadly missed. Hope you’ll stay in touch.

    Steve

    p.s. You don’t look old enough to remember National Service, but looks can be deceiving!

  4. You will be missed.

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