Monday, February 06, 2012


The bloated Public service and what we can do about it

Spoon feeding politicians only creates large families of immature individuals. I, like Anthony Jay have stopped doing any of it anymore because you expect to at least have some leaders who act like leaders of a household. Fatherhood , in contrast to motherhood, has suffered from a lack of assertive recognition of its rights. You hope for adults and you meet lots of children but what you can't stomach is their suspect worldviews which never allow the public service to grow up . Go see Jay's revised version of Yes Prime Ministerand BBC "Outnumbered"
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 .

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Senator Madigan highlighted TODAY one of the problems with the reactionary style of politics that only sees problems when they become disasters. Lundt couldn't say whether the imported concrete ,glass and steel used in buildings is going to create its own "Westgate"s. We just have to wait and see ? Meanwhile the dills just keep growing emergency services.

Front page of the weekly Times highlights another intrasigency I won't talk to UNTIL the press are listening long enough . Our Shires are sht scared of our environment departments ( DSE caused COT to pay up nearly 1 million dollars for dumping some gravel) . That would be Ok if the Environment Dept knew what they were doing and the Planning department knew that they don't know what they are doing .This is part of the cost of grindingly poor governance. Kennett talked of "trumped up parrots" .The disease of naming and shaming a site disease hasn't gone away . The totally inexperienced( at ongound planning) are still trying to gain territory in the bush by marking out their territory - pity its private land and our civilization USED to recognise this as sacrosanct . So why do they get away with it ? - no. of reasons but the main one is that its seems harmless enough- to people who have never worked with it.
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