Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Guy Fawkes Blog

From the popular and much despised Guido Fawkes Blog – at least No10 loathes it; an element of truth though. Does anyone disagree?

“IPPR has a new heavyweight report out on the civil service - Whitehall's Black Box: Accountability and performance in the senior civil service. It seems to make sense in parts - not something you can always say about IPPR reports. It is wonk-porn in that it contains anonymous anecdotes. In places it borders on unattributed gossip about the TeeBeeGeeBees.

The report basically says no one gets fired for screwing up in the civil service and that there is no price for failure. It recommends some reforms that will not work because inherently governments have a coercive monopoly. Whereas in the private sector the profit motive works as an incentive because customers will stop buying crap services from businesses, hurting their profits. In the public sector if you stop paying your taxes the government will try and jail you. A mandarin hits it on the head in the report when he admits "Why is Whitehall poor at delivery? Because they’re aren’t any rewards or sanctions in place for civil service delivery." Where is the incentive for better government?”

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