Quite relieved to see how many old-hands at Jumbo cryptic found this one horribly difficult. SO ... if someone could just give me the answer to 2d I might get going again.
"Waste one's left with? Criticise Civil Service's long-standing programme" D????? ??L?N S?O?S. Surely last two words must be TALENT SHOWS ...and surely it must be an anagram. But I just can't make it work
Belatedly .... but HELLLLP!