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In The Proposition, Crikey gives commentators and readers a provocative statement which bounces off a hot topic. Today, the proposition is:

Public servants should never express their personal or political views in public.

I broadly agree but only if:

  1. There’s a good chance their view could be politically contentious; AND
  2. They’re subordinate to politicians (and not independent officers like chief medical officers or Productivity Commission commissioners)

However public servants of all stripes should speak publicly far more on public blogs about their work, what they’re learning and what they’d like to understand better as we suggested in the 2009 Government 2.0 Taskforce and as researchers at the Bank of England do today.