Opinion – Public Sector Catch 22: The Role of “IT” in Business Transformation – John Gelmini

Dr Alf’s discussion about interims, the interim market and the UK public sector presupposes that the Government and Civil Servants actually want transformation and that if they do they want the most competent and effective people to bring that about.

The evidence based on the amount of fraud, waste and mismanagement of the UK public sector over the last 100 years is that the Government is keen to preserve the status quo and to develop structures like NHS procurement and MOD procurement which allow scope for waste and the plundering of budgets year after year after year.

The MOD has not completed a single piece of procurement or major project on time or to budget since before the Crimean War and now with Prince 2 as the mandatory standard, allowing for 6% to 8% project tolerances it is still billions over budget with no clear explanation as to where all the money went.

The Home Office has been described as “not fit for purpose” at least 5 times by 5 different Home Secretaries, the police under report crime by up to 50% and in my county (Hertfordshire) it is 30%.

The NHS produces the worst cancer treatment outcomes in Western Europe and has seen a 189% increase in managers and a further 225% increase on top of that.

Everywhere one looks at infrastructure (roads, hospitals, schools, airports, bus stations, railway stations etc) one sees an obvious mismatch between levels of tax levied and the pitiful amount of infrastructure actually built).

Look at our education system and compare it at state level with others abroad and you see expensive trendy heads and young people left behind as unsocialized blockheads in a world in which we are still nowhere close to paying our way.

The public sector does not want interims or reform, or Dr Alf style “radical transformation”; it would prefer that he and people like him retired to warmer climates, did other things and that those interims with less experience remained on the bench, growing older and poorer by the day, until their final demise.

What the public sector wants is to be left unscathed, packed with useless people engaged in non jobs all pretending that things are just fine.

That requires more involvement by Big 4 consultancies to create the illusion of change and reform when in fact what is being created is a modern paradise for latter day “Captain Pugwashes”(He was the childrens television lazy pirate character) to waste money at scale.

John Gelmini

How to put the UK’s economy on a sustainable footing – a twenty point strawman

The National Health Service Norfolk and Norwic...

The National Health Service Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in the UK, showing the utilitarian architecture of many modern hospitals. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like Dr Alf, I found the FT editorial article on the UK’s sustainability rather weak.

To Dr Alf’s ten point proposal to increase the UK sustainability footing, I have added ten points of my own.

In our joint judgement an independent strategic study is required:

1. Identifying the UK’s best industries for growth and development

2. Ensuring that there are skilled workers for (1)

3. Identifying the UK’s best opportunities to increase exports

4. Ensuring that there is a new breed of multi-lingual professional sales people capable of exploiting (3)

5. Massive fiscal incentives to stimulate investment in the private sector

6. Supporting public sector infrastructure investment if the financial returns are sufficiently attractive

7. Downsizing the public sector, with wide-scale consolidation and outsourcing

8. Breaking up the UK banks and ensuring that there is greater competition in the financial services sector

9. Identifying opportunities for reforming EU bureaucracy

10. Exploring opportunities to reduce the UK’s population with carefully targeted government policy, like encouraging people to retire overseas.

11. Raising UK levels of worker productivity from 20th in the world to the top 10%

12. Scrapping the NHS and remodel it on German and French lines with Rife machines in all cancer wards. Merge Adult Social Care into the NHS

13. Introducing variable taxes on foods and take a proactive stance to obesity,diabetes,cancer and Alzheimers all of which affect productivity, the ability to earn, the ability to pay taxes and job performance

14. Making our tax regime more competitive and encourage wealthy foreigners to come to the UK and employ people

15. Introducing business boot camps and a path to self employment for the non academically inclined

16. Shortening school holidays,lengthen the school day in state schools and teach children how to sell and present from an early age.

17. Firing trendy heads and transform sacked military officers into head teachers and sacked soldiers into teachers as the Americans have done with their Troops to Teachers programme

18. Putting money into Singapore style policing to make city centres and transport hubs safe and attractive for insurers and developers and for the creation of a “cafe society” rather than one of alcohol and drug fuelled debauchery which puts off tourists and stops people from going out with their families and loved ones

19. Bringing our road system into the 21st century,build Boris Island and simplify the visa system to attract more high spending Chinese tourists as the French and Italians have done

20. Reintroducing National Service with a maximum period of 2 years from leaving school or just 18 months for bright students going to University. This should apply to both boys and girls with exceptions based on medical grounds