According to the Daily Mail, civil servants in Whitehall departments are spending a great deal of time surfing the web and reading blogs during office hours. 

Far from disapproving, I think Sir Humphrey should be required to spend at least one coffee break each day reading some of the following sites:   

·         Taxpayers Alliance;  this site would help remind Sir Humphrey that there is no such thing as government money – only money that the government takes from the taxpayer.  He must stop wasting it. 

·         Great Repeal Bill ; Whitehall's various  on-line democracy initiatives have generally ended in farce.  This site shows how it should be done.  No registration, no permission required, no Whitehall moderation - just lots of participants having a sense of ownership of the site.  It might help teach Sir H that the wisdom of the crowd is generally superior to that of the Whitehall elite.  While Whitehall’s perennial promises to “slash red tape” never amounts to anything, here are some bold ideas on how to make less regulation a reality. 

·         Daniel Hannan's blog;   The great conceit of our mandarinate is not merely that they know what is best, but that they think of themselves as wise and disinterested as they decide for us.  Daniel’s blog will help Sir H see what the rest of us long since understood; a Whitehall grandee has a tendency to see things from the point of view of a Whitehall grandee. Our mandarinate have preconceptions and self interest like every other vested interest. Incidentally, regularly reading Daniel's blog might help Sir Humphrey realise that Europeanising public policy does not automatically mean better public policy.  The experience of giving the EU control of everything from fisheries to currencies suggests the opposite.      

·         Lewis Page on the Register:   Page’s articles in The Register should be read every so often by those at the Ministry of Defence.  A Commons committee report yesterday told us that Whitehall regularly spends several times more than it should on IT equipment because there is apparently a "cartel".  If you think that is bad, wait until you hear about the way the defence budget gets carved up. 

·         Tendring District Council  – For centuries, democracy was supposed to mean that the governing answered to the governed. Now, thanks to the digital revolution, a form of hyper accountability is starting to happen – in my part of Essex at least.  My own local Tendring council now automatically publishes every item of expenditure each month. At the same time, one Whitehall department is refusing to tell us the details of how it spent £986,041,110.  If my own local council can do it, Sir Humphrey needs to have a quick browse and see what to do.