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).