- Annabel Hampson
'Beware the Mandarins', the true story of Jane Hogg's years working, first for the Fire Research Station, then for the Home Office from 1960 to 1982, is an eye opener. The book reads like a detective story as the awful truth of what was going on unfolds. It chronicles the Home Office Administrators' fear that the Scientists were encroaching on their preserves. The Scientists' findings, which were very much in the public interest, did not suit them. The story describes how the Administrators fight back with the help of their quislings among the Scientific hierarchy.
- Antoinette Moat
'Beware the Mandarins' is a hard hitting account of how a cartel of Civil Servants were devoted to their own self interest in the development of land designated for Fire Stations, and later, Police Stations. Hogg encountered this very frightening cartel, and was pressurised to join. Her life was threatened, and a campaign to discredit her work, and her personal integrity was waged. The story reads like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", with the interesting reflection that this was not fiction, but true.
- Rwth of Cornovii
Outrageous sexual harassment by police, which today would land the culprit in jail for 20 years in the US, plus threats from superiors about repercussions if ridiculous instructions are disobeyed are evidence that the civil service in the UK is not all it's cracked up to be. Jane Hogg has lifted the curtain to show that Whitehall, the police and supposedly devoted administrators are just as prone to empire building and skullduggery as anyone else.
- 1776 PRODUCTIONS
For anyone interested in the goings-on of government, suspected perfidy, and behind-the-scenes agendas, Beware the Mandarins provides a solid, revealing, and satisfying read.
- Cheryl Hibbard, "ForeWord Clarion Reviews."
From the Author
Under the Thirty Year Rule British Government records up to 1982 are now available for public scrutiny. Corruption in Britain still appears to be rampant with inadequate checks and balances in place to combat it. The Coalition Government has introduced tough spending controls to transform ways government department spend money in order to tackle fraud, error and debt. However, a fundamental change in the structure of government is required.
It is recommended that the Department of Science and Industrial Research be resurrected, reporting to its own Secretary of State. This will keep the scientists and administrators separate so that the scientists will not be dominated by the administrators; and the scientists will be able to serve each administrative department as the need arises. The scientists should have control of their own budgets and be able to employ management consultants to augment their own expertise. In addition the creation of an openly independent body is required to deal fairly and expeditiously with the concerns of 'whistleblowers'.
'Beware the Mandarins' highlights weaknesses in the present organisational structure of British government. These need to be addressed if Britain is to be an honest open democratic state.