Germany’s Political Public Service vs. New Zealand’s Myth of Neutrality

Dr Oliver Hartwich
7 March, 2023

It was a big political story last week when the Hipkins Government sacked Rob Campbell from his prominent public service roles. The statements Campbell made on LinkedIn were blatantly political. Indeed, he later said he could not have imagined working under Chris Luxon should National win the election.

Campbell had to go if we are to maintain the fiction that New Zealand has a politically neutral public service.

But I say ‘fiction’ because it is obvious that the public service – and public servants – are not politically neutral.

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