Society daily 25.03.2010 The Guardian What budget, asks Whitehall Watch’s Colin Talbot. “This must be the most non-budget in British history.” Certainly if you were expecting detail on …
This must be the most non-Budget in British history. No significant changes to taxation, or spending, over those already announced in the Pre Budget Report last autumn.
Following on from my ‘organisational amnesia’ post comes the National Audit Office’s report on reorganisations in British central Government. I have reproduced their ‘blurb’ below but since 1980 25 new government departments have been created, of which 13 no longer exist, compared to only 2 new ones in US federal government over the same period. […]
A few years ago the big fad was “organisational learning”. It still continues, but the British government seems intent on inventing a new concept: organisational amnesia. Here’s a small, but highly symbolic, example.
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.