Why does Government claim it makes Public Appointments?


At the weekend these two tweets emerged following a swirl of press media and other social media claims that Paul Dacre was to become the Head of Ofcom and Charles Moore would become the Chair of the BBC. The very useful tweet from Alasdair got a very quick response from Peter Riddell and either the Ministerial colleagues who are currently claiming that Paul will become the head of Ofcom and Charles will become the Chair of the BBC are being deeply ignorant or else they are using their claims as an attempt to divert discussions from other subjects. The debate about who would become the Chair of the BBC has been going on for some time and Charles Moore is only one of several people that the Government has been suggesting. However if we go back a bit further we know that from March through to July Boris Johnson had claimed that Chris Grayling would be the Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament and when he finally agreed to setting the Committee up over six months after the General Election, it became very clear that although he wanted Grayling to Chair the ISC that in fact the rules make it very clear that the Committee chooses their Chair and they did select someone else. There is no indications that any delays over Ofcom and the BBC will be as damaging to our nation as the delay over the ISC but why are these claims being made when Peter Riddell is clearly stating a very different situation as indicated by Alasdair Smith. A month ago there were claims of 3 contenders for the BBC role, Nicky Morgan was claimed via the Telegraph and the other two were Charles Moore and Andrew Neil. Now that Andrew Neil has set up a different broadcast company it was perhaps inevitable that some people had focused on Charles Moore. However it is also clear from Peter Riddell that the process will be open and accountable and will not be run by the Government in a decision sort of a way! What is actually going on in the various parts of our Government?

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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2 Responses to Why does Government claim it makes Public Appointments?

  1. Candidly Ian I think #government would like to know what is going on in the various part of government if the contrary advice and guidance’s we get (especially in education and in my current mojo – recreational performing arts) are anything to go by.

    As my Grandfather told every adult male he worked with “asking the right questions gets you 50% towards the final working solution”. You’ve asked the right question.

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