Dave Penman was quoted in this morning's Times in an article by its Whitehall Editor, Jill Sherman'Political reform' plans stir Civil Service anger. In response to Francis Maude's proposals to Cabinet for a radical shake-up of the Civil Service, including allowing ministers to hand-pick up to 15 staff for their private offices, Penman said: "I think this is a really significant issue around the whole future of the Civil Service. It is a much more dangerous step than people think. It will be much more difficult for the staff to serve the next minister or the next Government. This is blatant politicisation of the Civil Service." According to the article: "Mr Maude, the Cabinet Office Minister, will also propose that permanent secretaries are put on fixed-term contracts for four or five years, and would be chosen by either ministers or the Prime Minister. "The private offices - which could treble in size - would contain a mixture of officials and political staff including press officers, policy experts, speechwriters and political advisers drawn from in or outside Whitehall. Read the full Times article.Dave Penman's response to the proposals was also included in articles in Politics Home and Telegraph Online.