Toto has pulled back the Brexit curtain to reveal – oh dear! – Oliver Letwin | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

English: Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, ...

English: Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marina Hyde writes an alarming op-ed in the Guardian. She maintains that reassuringly, the man in charge of the government’s ‘Brexit unit’ is the go-to guy for not having a clue.

Source: Toto has pulled back the Brexit curtain to reveal – oh dear! – Oliver Letwin | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

The article is broadly critical of Letwin’s career but asserts that he’s an insider.

More alarmingly, Letwin, responsible for Cabinet Office, didn’t plan for Brexit because it wasn’t government policy.

For years the Cabinet Office has been big on preaching across government as to best practice. But surely somebody at the Cabinet Office has heard of risk analysis and contingency planning?

 

No honeymoon for Jeremy Hunt as health role throws up painful issues | Denis Campbell | Society | The Guardian

English: Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, ...

English: Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a penetrating and deeply worrying article from the Guardian. It’s a good read. Check it out!

via No honeymoon for Jeremy Hunt as health role throws up painful issues | Denis Campbell | Society | The Guardian.

Since the election, Scotland and the EU referendum have dominated the news but this article reminds us the size of the NHS reform challenge. Reforming the whole public sector is a massive risk. I would expect Oliver Letwin, now senior minister responsible for the Cabinet Office to turn to the regular cronies in the big consultancies.

Personally, I think that we need a public risk register, along with mitigating tactics – this is true open government. It’s only when the scale and likelihood of these risks are properly understood that the way forward will be clear.

Thoughts?