And the Tories didn't exactly venerate the political independence of the civil service either press releases from Tory Central Office used to end up on the desks of civil service press officers who were instructed to take calls, and it was civil service POs who handled the case of that minister who grabbed a child off the street and took him/her inside the house for a telling-off forget who it was but basically a personal/party matter, not one that taxpayers should have funded.
Did you see the clip they showed on Have I got news for You last week when Howard was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman a few days ago and Paxman asked him about his role in the sacking/regnation of the head of the prison service when Howard was Home Secretary? Howard's response was something nalong the lines of 'Oh Jeremy, you're not still on about that, are you' and Paxman said 'Well, you've had enough time to think of a reply!' And he accuses this government of being 'grubby'!
Tories? oh yes definitely not perfect (let he who is without sin cast the first stone - and it won't be me!) - however they didn't take us ,ill-equipped, into an illegal WAR - I think that just about cancels out everything bad the Tories ever did and every mistake they may make for the next 50 years!