Monday, February 06, 2012
The bloated Public service and what we can do about it
The growing bureau can't make decisions because, like their leaders, they are waiting on a word - the next word. The public service grows fat when its muscles are not allowed to work.
Paradoxically some of the children mention the problem without realising it.Take Ms Wong who kept dropping the word "resilience" last night on the ABCqanda tribute to motherhood last night . The real lack of resilience ( too much fat and not enough muscle) is never admitted , just projected onto others a word about "the need for resilience "(Maybe the internals go like this? "I know we need it and I know we don't have it , but i will just say "its important to have it ") Some of our leaders are always talking about their problems, even though they only ever see them as "the others problems ".
Sometimes all we can do to prevent politicians from flying off in some new direction is to tell them nothing. If you tell some of the quickfizers the name of the problem or the solution they will runaway with the word and flog it it till it no longer has any meaning.
No good - just creates more short term projects IF they don't keep listening to YOU the author .
This common group are so keen on new ideas they may even find the name of the new idea without you . The best thing that can happen though, if you stop spoon feeding them with mere names is they will have to keep repeating the word .
There is a chance that in repeating the word once too often the audience will twig that the people in charge are just empty vessels - you get the echo effect.
Penny Wong used the word "resilience" at least 3 times in her speaking last night on ABCQanda.
She doesn't really know how it works , just that it is important ( that's the tricky point - politicians are always on target;) The only risk preventing the truth being known is that the opposition know even less than she does about this weeks current wonder word.
The point is that now YOU NOW know and Can identify the emperors new clothes before anyone else .
If you don't tell them the word that gets them ahead of the fast moving crap of consequences they may still move. "Move on" at they say .
Some one should clean up but noone knows why the last idea didn't work , let alone why the new one won't either .
Here you have the first lesson in budget control. With P Wong is in charge of budget control we have no control except to hope that others will note that the record is broken and the sacred word just goes around and around .
Ultimately we may have the only consolation that the solution we know of will never get started because to half do something is worse than to not do it - to waste money on just talk as they do ; more fat and bloating because muscles never get a decent work out and true resilience never develops .