- Department for Work and Pensions- £120bn pa turnover, 125,000 employees, and another total shambles: Permanent Secretary Leigh Lewis CB, in post for just five months after arriving from the Home Office
- Department of Health- £75bn pa turnover, 1.3 million employees, and another total shambles: acting Permanent Secretary Hugh Taylor, who took over just one month ago from the unfortunate Sir Nigel Crisp; he arrived from the Home Office as long ago as 1998
- Department for Education and Skills- £53bn pa turnover, and...er, another total shambles: Permanent Secretary David Bell, who took over five months ago from Sir David Normington, who as we know, was being parachuted into the Home Office...which was where we came in
Between them, these four departments spend well over £250bn of our money every year. Yet the average tenure of their top managers is three months. This kind of amateur, musical chairs management is simply not up to the job of delivery- particularly when two of the three main spending departments are now headed by someone whose main job credentials comprise previous working experience at the "dysfunctional" Home Office!
As they feverishly waggle their Keystone Kops controls, even Labour's incompetent sleazebags must be glimpsing an awful truth: the controls aren't actually coupled up to anything.
PS Hugh Taylor, acting Perm Sec at DH, is also the department's Diversity Champions Network member. Now there's a good use of his time.