Calls MPs & Press ‘Merciless’

Opposition MPs and reporters are merciless in exposing scandal and should be avoided at all cost, says Michael Wernick, former $326,000-a year chief clerk of the federal public service. Wernick in a book published Saturday also described officials such as the Ethics Commissioner as status-seekers who like to appear busy with pointless investigations: “Someone on the other side is there ready to climb over the boards and punch you in the face.”

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