Universal Credit staff describe chaos behind scenes of flagship Tory reform | Politics | The Guardian

English: David Cameron in Newcastle

English: David Cameron in Newcastle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an amazing, MUST READ story in the Guardian. Check it out!

via Universal Credit staff describe chaos behind scenes of flagship Tory reform | Politics | The Guardian.

Personally, I am not at all surprised by the omnishambles created at the DwP (Department of Works & Pensions), on David Cameron‘s shift.

Let me pick at a few threads that have contributed to the chaos.

Firstly, complex IT programs in the UK Public Sector are a grave yard of changing requirements, political meddling, ineffective stakeholder management,  excessive governance, failing functionality, poor transformation management, and eye-watering budget overruns.

Secondly,  excessive austerity has meant that, at every level in the Public Sector, that the better qualified and more able staff have taken generous payoffs and moved to greener pastures.

Thirdly, the Public Sector has increasingly become at the mercy of big consultancy firms, outsourced service providers, big technology providers, and major recruiters for contractors; complex and inflexible contracts, along with grossly ineffective procurement have often produced human widgets, rather than empowered workers.

Fouthly, the Cabinet Office and Cameron’s Government has been hostile to engaging properly skilled and cost effective independent consultants and executive  interim managers.

This blog highlighted the increasing omnishambles over two years ago.

In my judgement, the magnitude of the  omnishambles created on David Cameron’s watch, is enormously understated, and it may well take a generation to redress.

Any thoughts?

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Migrant workers’ high incomes not that rosy – People’s Daily Online

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is an excellent MUST READ article from China’s People’s Daily Online. Check it out!

via Migrant workers’ high incomes not that rosy – People’s Daily Online.

As I read the description of the migrant worker’s typical day, my mind moved to Europe with it’s economic difficulties, where despite massive youth unemployment, many people are shy of hard work to earn a real day’s wage. Europe, of course, typically has a bigger social security safety net than China. In Europe, the dirty jobs are often not good enough for the indigenous population, so they typically go to immigrant labor, creating tensions. Incidentally, in China, the migrant worker also misses out on public services, like healthcare which are available to local people living in prosperous cities like Beijing and Shanghai.

Anyway, indigenous European workers need not break into a sweat reading the article, the bureaucrats at the the European Commission will no doubt intervene with health and safety regulations. Of course, even in Europe, health and safety regulations would probably not be practiced strictly for the the work hungry immigrant laborers.

By the way, one Chinese Yuan Renminbi is currently worth approximately six US Dollars.

Any thoughts?

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