Jill Rutter, The Guardian

Jill Rutter

The Guardian

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Past articles by Jill:

If Britain wants to resolve the Northern Ireland protocol, this is not the way to do it

Threatening to tear up the deal will destroy vital trust, say Anand Menon and Jill Rutter of UK in a Changing Europe → Read More

How to fix government sleaze

As the latest string of scandals shows, we should not allow Boris Johnson to mark his own homework → Read More

The Priti Patel bullying case shows the wider damage done to the civil service

The Rutnam saga has been settled, but there needs to be a lot of work to repair government actions of the past year, says Jill Rutter, a senior research fellow at UK in a Changing Europe → Read More

How is Brexit for you?

A couple of months after Britain finally took its great leap into the unknown, many businesses are still waiting to see where they will land. Others fear they have lost their footing for good → Read More

The government confronts an unreasonable worst-case scenario

Governments plan for things to go wrong. They hope that by doing that planning they can prevent the worst happening. Back in September, Michael Gove unveiled the government’s reasonable worst-case scenario for Brexit, deal or no deal. It set out in stark terms the logistical problems that the UK could face if businesses were not sufficiently prepared for new border formalities. It introduced us… → Read More

As we close in on a Brexit that pleases next to nobody, how did we end up here?

Blame staunch Leavers or purist Remainers, but the real fault might lie in our wantonly destructive politics → Read More

Who killed soft Brexit?

The mysterious story of how a split-down-the-middle nation killed off the chance to be half-in and half-out of Europe → Read More

Simon Case should stand up for the integrity of a battered civil service

The new cabinet secretary has Boris Johnson on his side. But dealing with the many crises ahead will test his mettle, says research fellow Jill Rutter → Read More

Liz Truss is suddenly worried about a Brexit deal – but for the wrong reason

The international trade secretary fears the UK may fail to comply with WTO rules. But the real issue is trade with the EU, says Jill Rutter, a senior research fellow → Read More

A big weekend for the civil service

Is the way we are governed about to change? → Read More

What Dominic Cummings should have done

Either Cummings or No 10 is guilty of gross misjudgment → Read More

Make SAGE transparent

Cummings’s presence raises questions about the integrity of government decisions—and its other scientific advisers → Read More

How long can Dominic Raab govern as a stand-in prime minister?

Boris Johnson’s hospital stay has thrust the foreign secretary into the spotlight, but his real authority is in doubt and has revealed a major flaw in the UK’s constitutional processes → Read More

If Johnson is incapacitated, how does succession work?

Dominic Raab is “designated survivor” but we are still left with more questions than answers → Read More

Why ‘keep calm and carry on’ won’t cut it in warring Whitehall

Sir Philip Rutnam has taken a stand for civil service values, but Home Office officials will come under scrutiny too → Read More

We need to talk about David Frost

The role of the PM's chief Brexit aide is a constitutional novelty → Read More

The level playing field will be the defining fight of UK-EU trade negotiations

The two sides are miles apart on this fundamental issue → Read More

Michael Gove states the obvious

The PM’s Brexit deal is the biggest one-off imposition of red tape a government has ever inflicted on business → Read More

Will Dominic Cummings triumph in his war on Whitehall?

The controversial adviser is launching a military plan of campaign to reshape how government works. But his interventions could simply make things worse → Read More

Stormont gets to work: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart is joined by Rory Carroll, Henry McDonald, Jill Rutter and Jonathan Isaby to discuss the Northern Ireland Assembly reopening for business, as well as the latest on Brexit and the Labour leadership campaign → Read More