Simon Jenkins`s statement that if civil servants do not "believe in what they are doing", they "should go", is nonsense (We will always need friends in Europe - and diplomats, 05/01/17). Throughout modern history, the bureaucracy has managed change, which was distinctly abhorrent to most of its members, especially if it emanated from the left.
Civil servants, it is now being alleged, lack the "skill-set" necessary for handling the detail of the Brexit negotiations, but the alternative is far worse. Jenkins states that "wisdom is not fashionable in Europe just now", but the trouble is that it is even less fashionable here. Imagine the catastrophic results if the negotiations were left to the likes of Johnson, Davis and Fox!