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.

    • 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.


    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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