The Conservatives shadow Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, was yesterday widely quoted as codemning the governments health “targets” regime for forcing staff to “focus on ticking boxes not patients.” (FT 8th Mar 10).
First, read the manual Financial Times – Nicholas Timmins … and the requirement to search for work, or at least prepare for it,” Colin Talbot, professor of public management at Manchester Business School, says. …
Last week’s story in the UK that the Conservatives were now in favour of setting up “workers co-ops” to run public services (really!) was the culmination of a fascinating trend over recent years towards policy-makers favouring the ‘empowerment’ of public sector professionals. Both the New Labour Government and Tory opposition have been touting ideas about […]
The great British sense of humour lives on. Some genius in Conservative central office clearly didn’t recognise the satire potential of the Tories recent poster campaign. MyDavidCameron.com was quickly set up and has spawned hundreds of often hilarious spoofs on the original. As you can see, being off sick has given me far too much […]
‘Whitehall Watch’ might be a bit sporadic over the next month or so – two weeks ago I had a heart attack. I’m recovering well and the prognosis is good, but it’ll be a while before I’m back to full functioning. Meanwhile, “never waste a good crisis” as someone said (it’s alright, I know who) […]
See my recent piece in The Guardian’s on-line magazine ‘Public’, and you might also be interested in my comments in The Guardian’s society section.
Just in case you have missed this: The Real-World Economics Review Blog is holding polls to determine the awarding of two prizes: The Ignoble Prize for Economics , to be awarded to the three economists who contributed most to enabling the Global Financial Collapse (GFC), and The Noble Prize for Economics , to be awarded […]
We took my 5 year-old son to see a ‘Horrid Henry’ show after Christmas. At one point in the production Horrid Henry is trying to convince his little brother Peter Perfect that he’s been to the future. “What’s the future like?” asks Peter. As Henry appears stumped for an answer, my son shouts out “scary” […]
The central message of yesterday’s PBR was that we need to put the national finances in order, but not quite yet – in fact not for quite a long time. That does not mean there will not be severe cuts in public spending – there will be. It’s just that they will be severe rather […]
According to the supercomputer Deep Thought the answer to the question of life, the universe and everything was 42 (in Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). It turns out however that this number may be subject to localised quantum relativity effects – specifically on an insignificant island off the north-west coast of Europe, a […]