Here’s a good op-ed from Gus O’Donnell in the Guardian. He argues that leaving the EU would have been enough of a challenge for a strong majority government but without clear political leadership, the UK is looking at an enormous downside risk.
I’ve spent a large party of my life in delivering radical change, both in private & public sector. Even with the A-team handling delivery, the pivotal role is with the sponsor. Political meddling and change in sponsor leads to massive delays, huge cost overruns and failure to achieve objectives. In my experience, sponsors of radical change programmes usually impale their careers. In addition, it’s seriously questionable whether the government has harnessed the A-team. The first part is in negotiation of the changes and the UK has neither the strategy nor the expertise to face the EU.
Conservative MPs go on holiday comforting each other in their ideological solidarity but sadly that just one dimension of a radical transformation. Without independent risk assessment and costing, plus expert challenge of the strategy, we surely looking at a national train crash?