From the BBC:
Remind me - who was it that accused Thatcher of the politicisation of the civil service? Ah yes, the Liarbour Party...Labour ministers "staged a coup... against the processes of government" after the party took power in 1997, an ex-cabinet secretary has told the BBC.
Lord Wilson of Dinton said people were worried about "decisions being taken without formal processes".
Another former cabinet secretary, Lord Butler, said ministers had asked civil servants to perform "impossible tasks".
But Commons leader Jack Straw called it a "good thing" that central government was driving changes in Whitehall.