Tuesday, May 16, 2006
The Prerogative Of The Amateur
The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, appeared before the Public Administration Committee today, trying to explain why no Civil Servants had been bulleted over the meltdown at the Home Office:
"I'm not clear that there was sufficient direct accountability for that to be appropriate. This would have been assessed by line managers along the way and people will be looking at what lessons to learn and what staff changes are necessary." A "wide range of officials" were responsible for "a number of jobs."
Somehow it's never "clear that there was sufficient direct accountability". In fact, with the exception of the unfortunate Crisp, I can't think of a single senior Civil Servant who ever got fired for bogging up. As long as they don't get caught leaking to the press, or having sex on the Governor's carpet, they're pretty safe.
The cult of the amateur.
Power without responsibility.
Somebody's 'avin' a larf. And we're paying for it.
Posted by Mike D at 9:33 pm