I have just spent
a lazy day on the Brecon/Monmouth Canal and reading, both news items and other
blogs, and am feeling somewhat amused and at the same time bemused.
What is amusing
me more than anything else is reading about the government and its supporters propping
each other up.
conference this morning where he tried haplessly to try to convince us how good
Gordon has been over the years, whilst all around him the truth is coming out
about how absolutely incompetent and criminal he has been, inflation up again, and
his entire fiscal policy beginning to unravel.
with the gold, with hiding the PFI figures, about how he has spent millions on Project
Phoenix in the Prison Service which has been nothing more than putting in IT
for the sake of putting in IT, because they are still using paper based systems
to do the work, and not using the IT at all. (that alone has got to be worth investigating,
surely criminal negligence charges can be brought for that project alone).
The NPfIT report
from the Public Accounting Office, and not the first one, and as we have been
telling readers over the past 3 months, the report tells us again that the
project is over budget, 2 years behind schedule, and Consultants jumping ship
consultancy firms are recruiting again, but talking today with recruitment
firms the recruiting criteria is only people with previous NHS experience will
be employed, the same people that have screwed it up in the first place, in
other words more of the same. £12.5 billion already spent, another £20 billion
committed, because they only get paid on delivery, although at this rate that
will take years. Even the major supplier companies working on the project admit
that it will never produce any benefits to the taxpayer, so we need a public investigation
into this as well.
We also hear in
the MSM today, something that I reported on 2
months ago, is that the HMRC is going after anyone with an overseas bank
account. They are calling it an amnesty, which in their words is cough up now
and we will only penalise you at 10pct of what we think you owe, or we going to
come after you and charge you a 100pct penalty of what we think you owe. That’s
not an amnesty, that’s demanding money with menaces.
It would be funny
if it wasn’t so derisible.
worryingly are the elements of this governments policies that bemuse me.
We have seen
billions upon billions of taxpayer money being spent in setting up layers of
non entities who like the consultants who advise them don’t have to deliver
Whether it be in
the Health Service, the Civil Service, Defra, Police, Education and any other
government department you would care to name, new political non-departmental
agencies have been set up to devise policy, to write processes, to spend money
on IT, advertising, spin and propaganda, but to deliver nothing.
In the Police for
instance, at the top of the chain is the ACPO, which used to be a police centric
organisation, but is now purely political.
Alongside them is
the new NPIA, which
will take on the roles of the Police Information Technology Organisation (Pito)
and the police learning organisation Centrex, was formally launched on 1
NPIA is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored and funded by the Home
Office. The NPIA will have a budget of around £700m in its
will support the police service by providing expertise in areas
as diverse as information and communications technology, support to information
and intelligence sharing, core police processes, managing change and
recruiting, developing and deploying people, as well as taking over
responsibility for a number of IT systems, including the Police National
Computer, the National DNA Database and IDENT1, the national fingerprint and
palm print system.
In other words political control of key police
functions, because they report to the minister, not the ministry.
Peter Holland CBE DL is Chairman of the NPIA board, A
journalist by profession, he was at Reuters for 23 years.
Now, what exactly
do they deliver, manage or screw up all that was not being well managed by the
police before?, a political organisation reporting to the HO, and what does a
journalist bring to the job?
Its exactly the
same with BBC, with the appointment of Sir Michael
Lyons, an expert in Town Planning!!, but a key political appointment, as Sir
Michael is an expert propagandist.
In the NHS,
layers of policy and process makers, taking all the money is no different.
Political appointments, with the head of the NPfIT programme straight from the
world of IT consultancy that benefits directly from the billions being spent.
Then there is
DirectGov, LocalGov, IDeA, The Beacon Scheme, CSCI, The Leadership Academy, Community
of Practice, IDeA Knowledge, Rada in
Business, Summer Schools for leading councillors, LGAR, IMIE, NFER, LACORS, NYA,
NIACE, DFID, Improvement Network, Improvement and Development Agency, Leadership
Centre for Local Government, CIO Council, CIPFA, SOLACE, Standards Board for
England, Healthcare Commission, NICE, Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme, social
enterprise pathfinder programme, DWP’s LinkAge Plus, NHS Institute’s Shifting
Care programme, NIHR Research
for Innovation, Speculation and Creativity Programme, and many many more.
All of these political ‘agencies’ spend an awful lot
of your tax money, write an awful lot of processes, duplicate each other in
many cases, take control of key elements of the departments under the ministers
that they report to, write policy and deliver in terms of services, nothing.
NuLab – Destroying Britian from the inside out.