Thursday, May 04, 2006
More On Amateur Hour
Anatole Kaletsky writes that while blundering ministers are now on the spit, blundering civil servants are "getting away with it":
"Mr Clarke is the wrong scapegoat. To blame him for the fiasco would effectively exonerate the real culprits — the civil servants running the Home Office, the Immigration Directorate and the Prison Service, who continue to enjoy their salaries, index-linked pensions and automatic knighthoods regardless of the blunders they make."
He's right of course: as we've been blogging, the case of Sir John Gieve shows just how senior civil servants can get away with the most appalling amateur bungling.
But are those mandarins the real underlying problem here? They've always been gifted amateurs, rather than professional managers. Capable people who want to run big businesses just don't join the Civil Service.
No, the root problem- as Kaletsky suggests- is the fact that the state has thrust its greedy bungling fingers into far too many of our pies. From health to education to Cheesy Wotsits, it's taken on far more that it can ever hope to deliver. As a result it's lost focus on the things only the state can properly do- like our safety.
Who's responsible for this? Why, our ever lovin' meet-the-new-boss-same-as-the-old-boss big state politicos.
As we keep saying: we need the real alternative of a much smaller state.
Posted by Mike D at 8:08 am