We need the Government to work in a credible manner


There have been many examples of poor procurement decisions taken by Government bodies over many years. This of course includes the Ministry of Defence. Some of these mistakes were clearly not the military mistakes such as political decisions to purchase two Aircraft Carriers to demonstrate who we are as a nation but not to remember to purchase any Aircraft to fit them out. The fact that our budget can only afford to kit out one of the ships is even more disturbing. However the need for the Government which is led by the Prime Minister to review decisions that get taken by Departments is vital on an ongoing basis and inevitably if a Minister and some of his elected colleagues are to explore such matters, there will need to be input from Civil Servants and also from advisers who are independent of the Civil Service. There is a much less clear logic in the need for political advisers to be involved. Of course if they are competent and capable people then there is no harm in them getting involved. That said it is far from clear if Dominic Cummings has the ability to follow rules he makes, let alone to understand how Government Departments operate, particularly when it is military issues. However if as Tobias Ellwood and Mark Francois are suggesting that it will be Dominic Cummings who will be the person leading this process, given that Special Advisers are supposed to have a low profile, then one wonders how long he can continue to operate in such a role or rather whether special advisers will need to to be treated as being accountable in all that they do. After all they are being paid by the public and they clearly do change the decisions that the Government makes. My view is he needs to be accountable for all he does, not just the review of the military architecture.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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