Wednesday, August 10, 2005

It doesn’t matter who you vote for....

.....the government always gets in

Union-bashing is a bit non-U on this blog, but I think it’s time that the government did to this lot what Thatcher did to the NUM.

Not only do we have to put up with job-titles like ‘Permanent Secretary’, these gits take home between £130,000 and £264,000 per year (according to Public Finance magazine, and they should know).

Either way, the government seem likely to kill-off the proposed Civil Service Act that would have limited the activities of Special Advisers and ‘enshrined the independence of the Civil Service in law’. Enshrined, mark you.

So, for the time being, winning an election will continue to allow the victors the right to appoint a tiny fraction of the bureaucracy that will make sure that the manifesto can be delivered. And it will mean – once in a blue moon –that the civil servant who actually buggered something up may have to take a fraction of the blame.

Perhaps this is too optimistic a reading of the situation though?

Political parties should be able to establish ‘shadow administrations’ of their own. They should be able to recruit budding civil servants to do this, and build up a cadre of committed capable administrators who take control of a department once their party wins the election. A bit like they do in France.

Then the role of the political party would be to concentrate on getting things working (like in France) and not just on bossing their MPs around (like they do in Britain).

1 comment:

Leighton Andrews said...


Only just caught up with your comment on the New Statesman awards. Initailly I confused you with another paul Evans. Glad you don't normally disagree with my blog anyway! Who runs the weird popular Welsh culture site you link to?