By Harry Cole Deputy Political Editor For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 01:08 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 01:08 GMT, 1 March 2020
Most people would have never heard of Sir Philip Rutnam, 54, before his highly unusual resignation yesterday morning.
Critics of Boris Johnson's Government and his sweeping reforms to the troubled immigration system will have a new hero following the incendiary walkout, but they will be choosing an unlikely champion in the man paid more than the Prime Minister, yet lucky not to have been axed on numerous occasions.
For those who have kept a keen eye on Whitehall over the past decade, the name Rutnam is a byword for bungled advice and toxic clashes with Ministers.
Dubbed 'Sir Calamity' by exasperated Downing Street officials, Rutnam – who was paid £175,000 with a gold-plated pension as Home Office Permanent Secretary – always seemed to be 'missing' when his neck was on the line.
Home Secretary Priti Patel's permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam resigned today with an extraordinary blast at his former boss over a 'vicious and orchestrated' campaign against him
In the rare times he has been under pressure, in a classic mandarin style he had always been able to brazen his involvement out, often leaving MPs gobsmacked by his excuses.
In the wake of the Windrush immigration scandal that ousted former Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Rutnam was hauled before the Commons to explain his role in the affair. 'I've been in the department for a year – I'm not an