This Section contains various tongue-in-cheek advice about working in the UK Civil Service. But don't forget that many a true word is said in jest ...
First, I have brought together some excellent advice from Wilfred Hyde and Giles Wilkes In Policy-Making 101.
Next, let's learn how to interpret the civil servants' language:
It is of course no accident that Whitehall officials are known as Mandarins. Their language is often as hard to understand as anything spoken in Beijing. These first 9 lessons, mainly written by David Fuhr and Martin Jones, with a contributions from Jo Rixom, will provide you with the basic language that you need to get by and survive in Whitehall.
Lessons 1 & 2: Basic Vocabulary: What your Bosses Really Mean - and ...
the Whitehall Clock and Calendar
Lesson 3: Basic Vocabulary: Policy Development
Lessons 4 & 5: Communicating with Ministers' Offices - and ...
Lessons 6 & 7: How to Write Government Documents - The Title & The Foreword
Lesson 8: How to Write Government Documents - The Text
Lesson 9: Understanding Drafting Meetings
Lesson 10 is a Masterclass by Lord Butler.
Lesson 11 provides sage advice from Sir Humphrey Appleby on how to survive Ministers' attempts at Civil Service Reform.
The correct collective noun for civil servants is a Meeting.