Smarter Government? No, desperate Government


Over at the FT's Westminster Blog, Jim Rickart has seen the leaked copy of the Cabinet Office white paper hilariously entitiled 'Smarter Government', and he's not impressed.

With an election drawing slowly - far too slowly - nearer, and no sign of this bloody recession ever fucking ending, the Labour government are getting desperate.

The 'last chance' document is according crammed full with talk of savings that will (or rather could) be made.

There's just one teensy, tiny, problem: as yet, no-one seems to know what the savings will be.

The paper sets out the dramatic, immediate, focussed action, and the effects we can expect:


“..reducing the administrative expenditure of arms-length bodies by at least X% will save up to £Xbn a year”

Oh. Well, duh. Reducing expenditure will save costs, will it? That's what we should do then, innit?  Just a little more detail might help. What will you do, oh masters?

“..modernising working practices and the way we locate the business of government could save X%”

'Modernising', 'could', 'X%'. Well, that's about as vague as its possible to be, isn't it? Even for a promise from this bankrupt-in-every-way Government.  There's even, for a grand finale, this bold call to action:

“(Prof X) has been appointed to advise the prime minister and chancellor on the scope for further relocations”

How utterly pathetic is that last point? Someone - oh god, please, someone - will be appointed to advise on saving through relocation. It's just that no-one knows who that lucky person will be. It's quite quite likely that this inept bunch of lying thieves can't actual find anyone.

Well, would you take the job?

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30 comments:

Snowolf said...

Yeah. I'd take it.

I don't think they'd like what I'd do too fucking much though.

Uncle Bob said...

I'd happily tell them where to go.

Smarter Government?

Yes fucking please!

marksany said...

The only professor I know who could save taxpayers money and provide better services is John Seddon, but since he has just joined Blonde, I doubt if he'll be signing up for Gordon. He would relocate civil servants though - into the community where the users receive their services, the gemba.

Anonymous said...

As the useless tossers will probably pay around £100,000 per annum to the sucessfull applicant then of course Id take the job. Of course there will probably be generous expenses on top of that.

AntiCitizenOne said...

Mark, I read John Seddon, but the problem can only be solved by making people customers instead of bureaucrat-beggars.

marksany said...

AC1, I agree, Seddon says it is all about seeing the service from the customers. Point of view. Not something civil servants in Whitehall can do.

Ownership and competition are important motivators for organasitions want to provide good service and value for money, but the systems view is the enabler, and it works in public service monopolies too.

marksany said...

AC1, I agree, Seddon says it is all about seeing the service from the customers. Point of view. Not something civil servants in Whitehall can do.

Ownership and competition are important motivators for organasitions want to provide good service and value for money, but the systems view is the enabler, and it works in public service monopolies too.

banned said...

They will save a few quid by sacking the grass cutters and tea ladies but no chance of losing any highly overpaid pointless administraters or outreach co-ordinators.

Henry Crun said...

Wonder how much Labour's favourite consultancies made out of drafting that managerialist bollocks?

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