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Will Dominic Cummings turn No 10 into a Nasa-style control centre? | André Spicer | Opinion | The Guardian
The idea that high-tech firms and hedge funds are the appropriate analogies for civil service reform is fraught with danger. Looking at Silicon Valley companies may bring in new ideas and cutting-edge practices. But it is based on a common mistake: what works in one sector will also work in another. Researchers have repeatedly found that this simply isn’t true. Cummings’s ideas about decision-making might work in sectors where processing data and pushing the right button is crucial. But in government, implementation of decisions is the crucial part. Having complex seeing-rooms staffed by super-smart people, all kitted out with the latest data-visualisation tools is unlikely to help government with the hard work of implementing its policies.
UK  politics  government  JohnsonBoris  CummingsDominic  civilService  change  innovation  technology  technoUtopianism  SiliconValley  dctagged  dc:creator=SpicerAndre 
23 days ago by petej
Bring your own sunshine
From Brexit to domestic policy, a cloud of illegitimacy hangs over Downing Street. Johnson takes office on the back of an election in which 0.2 per cent of the population could vote, at the end of an abnormally long parliamentary session, with a legislative programme he has no intention of fulfilling, and a manifesto long since binned. He knows that a new session in Parliament would require him to test the confidence of the House, with a serious risk of his ministry collapsing over Brexit policy. He attacked Gordon Brown for not holding a general election after assuming office in 2007; a petty Caesarism that attempted to stretch out a parliamentary session on the edge of expiry as a way of dodging the House’s verdict would far outstrip Brown in arrogance and contempt. But it reveals the uncomfortable truth beneath the ersatz sunshine and wishful thinking: Johnson’s party is fractured, his options are few, and his hand is weak.
UK  politics  JohnsonBoris  voluntarism  optimism  Brexit  withdrawalAgreement  CummingsDominic  noDeal  negotiations  procedure  contempt  civilService  policing  socialCare  TheRight  libertarianism  deregulation  dctagged  dc:creator=ButlerJames 
23 days ago by petej
Civil servants' union boss hits back at Rudd over Windrush blame | UK news | The Guardian
Penman writes: “The Home Office is not a sentient being so [Rudd’s comment] was implicitly a criticism of her staff. If she’s serious about understanding why this might be the case, she would do better to consider the political strategy and rhetoric adopted by her government over many years rather than suggesting it is individual civil servants who have lost their focus.

“Since 2010, the net migration target of 100,000 has acted as a lightning rod for a series of legislative attempts to cut migration and a crackdown on illegal immigrants as the Conservatives felt the electoral pressure from Ukip and it was clear there were few medals to be awarded in the Home Office for anyone trying to advise a more cautious approach.

“The real lessons from this scandal need to be learned by the politicians who got exactly what they asked for from the civil service, even if that fact is now a little inconvenient.”
UK  immigration  HomeOffice  RuddAmber  PenmanDave  FDA  CivilService  Windrush 
april 2018 by petej
Brexit helps kill Francis Maude's hated civil service 'rank and yank' system | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
Many of those at both the top of the civil service and in middle management have privately acknowledged that having to grade all their staff in the system’s clunky framework has taken up far too much of everyone’s time.
CivilService  UK  government  performance  management  MaudeFrancis  PCS  tradeUnions 
december 2016 by petej
The hounding of Baskerville - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
I expect this sort of sneering & bullying from the Daily Mail. I hoped The Independent was better than that. Clearly, I was wrong
socialMedia  Twitter  CivilService  baskers  journalism  Independent  work 
november 2010 by petej

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