According to a top federal servant, calling us the Blob is derogatory.

Simon Case informed MPs that he was unaware of any current ministers using the term, which he described as “dehumanizing.”

However, he claimed that attacks on civil officials by “significant political figures” had risen in recent years.

He went on to say that it was part of a larger trend toward more “vindictive” rhetoric in political debate.

Mr Case also claimed that former senior staffer Sue Gray’s planned move to become an adviser to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer had been “weaponized.”

Her relocation was just approved by the appointments watchdog, although some Conservative MPs have criticized it.

When Michael Gove was education minister, he coined the term “The Blob” to refer to education unions, teachers, and councils who were skeptical of his policies.

In recent years, the term has taken on a broader connotation, and is now mostly used by Conservative politicians to characterize officials who are perceived as hesitant to follow government policies or uninterested in Brexit.

Mr Case did not name any lawmakers in particular when he spoke before the Commons public administration committee on Wednesday.

Attacks on officials, he claimed, have escalated “individually and collectively” in the “last five years or so,” and had “undoubtedly undermined the good functioning of government.”

“I’m very happy to say that under this prime minister, things have changed significantly,” he added.

Row over the Partygate investigation

The questioning follows a squabble over Ms Gray’s appointment as Sir Keir’s chief of staff following a cooling-off period suggested by the public appointments watchdog.

The Cabinet Office stated last week that Ms Gray had committed a “prima facie” violation of civil service standards by failing to declare internally the initial communication she had with Labour regarding their job offer while she was still a civil servant.

The former bureaucrat rose to notoriety last year after leading the Partygate investigation into former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Some Conservatives have criticized her move, claiming it damaged the impartiality of the inquiry into lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street.

This includes Mr Johnson, who earlier stated that it raised concerns about the findings of her investigation.

Mr Case told the committee that the Cabinet Office investigation found “no evidence” of political bias in her employment as a civil servant.

When asked about Mr Johnson’s remarks, he questioned if the timetable “quite works,” given that Ms Gray’s initial interaction with Labour occurred many months after the publication of her Partygate investigation.

He said that the Cabinet Office’s usage of the word “prima facie” – Latin for “at first glance” – was added to its conclusions by a minister out of “fairness” and on the advice of a lawyer.

He went on to say that Ms Gray had stated that she would not take the job until March of this year, but that “we have not been able to test that ourselves.”

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