BSP dispute appears in Birmingham Post
This will be quite an interesting dispute. There has been a growing tendency in the civil service to move away from using systems of rules and formal decisionmaking towards being subjective and following the ad hominem fallacy for determining the validity of statements.
ODPM are not commenting on the issue because of the legal nature of the dispute. I am told that a pre-emptive order for costs was obtained on the BNNR dispute. That seems a sensible way forwards here.
It is important to get the civil service to move more towards a rule based system of decisionmaking as the current trends have been worrying in their consequences.