Unlike the historical HMS Titanic, NHS Titanic cannot be sunk, at least not easily and not in a hurry. That is the realistic view of what will happen now the Health and Social Care Bill becomes an Act. Continue reading “Will NHS Titanic Be Sunk?”
Month: March 2012
Civil Service Accountability: Who Guards the Guardians?
I’ve had a very hectic day today, but one thought has been plaguing me all day. Continue reading “Civil Service Accountability: Who Guards the Guardians?”
The 50% tax rate and Mr Osborne’s Department for Obfuscation (sorry, HMRC)
In his Budget speech the Chancellor managed to claim several contradictory things at once about taxing the rich. First, he claimed the 50% top income tax rate was raising almost nothing. Next he claimed it was damaging the economy anyway. And finally, he tried to convince us that raising 5 times as much tax from the over £150,000 a year tax-payers was a golly good idea. Continue reading “The 50% tax rate and Mr Osborne’s Department for Obfuscation (sorry, HMRC)”
Why Spending Review 2013?
Budget 2012: ‘Structural Adjustment’ Continues as public spending squeezed even more
The IMF spent much of the 1970s, 80s and 90s promoting what was euphemistically called ‘structural adjustment’ in developing countries. What this boiled down to was shrinking the state – cutting public services, taxes and regulation. What we are seeing with Budget 2012 is a continuing “structural adjustment” of Britain. Continue reading “Budget 2012: ‘Structural Adjustment’ Continues as public spending squeezed even more”
Spending Review 2013
Just a quick note: Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has just let slip on BBC that there will be a Spending Review “over the next year or so” (i.e. SR 2013) as i have been predicting for some time. More on this shortly.
PASC says PM’s Adviser on Ministers’ interests not “independent in any meaningful sense”
The issue of Ministers’ interest came to the fore with the Liam Fox/Adam Werrity affair last year. Today the Public Administration Select Committee passed judgement on the role of the supposedly “independent adviser” to the PM on the issue. It is not positive – here’s the Committee’s Press release: Continue reading “PASC says PM’s Adviser on Ministers’ interests not “independent in any meaningful sense””
The Public Government of Public Money – not yet, not by a long way
Three decades ago two American academics published a superb analysis of the way in which British government’s made finance decisions provocatively entitled “The Private Government of Public Money” (Heclo and Wildavsky, 1981). Has the Coalition accidentally given birth to the ‘Public Government of Public Money?’ Continue reading “The Public Government of Public Money – not yet, not by a long way”
Localised Public Pay – Dream On George.
Localising, or regionalising, public sector pay has been a long dream of HM Treasury. But there are reasons it has never been realised, reasons that still militate against it happening in practice, whatever Mr Osborne decrees from the centre. Continue reading “Localised Public Pay – Dream On George.”
An Accountable Civil Servant – A different view
I received the following comment from a serving civil servant who wishes to remain anonymous. I publish it here (with their consent) and add a comment of my own at the end: