Out-of-touch MPs ‘don’t get it’, says ex-Civil Service chief

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mcdmpaFrom The Independent

Too few politicians in Britain have any idea what life is like for people living on benefits, the former head of the Civil Service has warned, criticising ministers who send their children to public schools and have private health care rather than use the NHS. In an outspoken attack Lord (Gus) O’Donnell said there were still “too many people in politics who just don’t get it” and called for political parties to select candidates using open primaries to broaden representation in Parliament.

And he criticised the “few” Government ministers who, he said, still did not use the public services they were in charge of delivering.

Lord O’Donnell, who stepped down as Cabinet Secretary in 2011, having served under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as well as acting as Sir John Major’s press secretary, made his comments in an interview with Global Government Forum, a website for senior…

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