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As A former civil servant I don’t know whether to be saddened or gladdened by David Cameron’s former aide Steve Hilton’s belated discovery of the real world (your report, 14 January).

We call governments “administrations” because that is what they do. They have large departments to gather in money and to spend it in the ways that parliaments have approved.

Equally, the refreshing of legislation takes up the time of both the administration and parliament. Anyone who finds these obvious facts surprising and had to “find them out for himself” is perhaps a dubious person to advise on policy.

I read elsewhere that his 
policy thoughts included 
abolishing maternity leave, 
suspending consumer rights for a few months to see what 
would happen and ignoring EU regulations.

Perhaps we should be grateful that he is in California among the students and not still advising our Prime Minister.

LV McEwan

Kirkhill Road