Anonymous briefings against civil servants a sign of political cowardice, says FDA
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Commenting on media criticism of the Department for International Development's Permanent Secretary Sir Mark Lowcock following reports that he is set to be appointed to a new role at the United Nations, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said:
"Once again we are witness to the unedifying spectacle of committed public servants being undermined and attacked through 'anonymous' sources close to ministers.
"All too often this particular brand of political cowardice rears its ugly head as ministers feel the pressure to look for a convenient scapegoat.
"Instead of preaching about leadership it's time some politicians demonstrated it and publicly defended their staff from these unwarranted, vicious attacks."
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