Monthly Archives: September 2010

Public sector mergers – cost reduction vs localism

The public sector has been hit by merger-mania. The London Boroughs of Camden and Islington are to share a chief executive, as are a number of district councils including Christchurch and East Dorset and West Devon and South Hams. Some … Continue reading

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The return of The Apprentice

As inevitable as the clocks going back and those interminable M&S adverts, the dark nights will feature another series of The Apprentice.  The candidates’ profiles, for what they are worth, are already up on the BBC website. Alas, we will never know how … Continue reading

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Beware of small projectiles

A tweet from Michael Carty this morning reminded me of the demotivational slides series which I posted about in this blog’s early days. Despair Inc have added a few more since then. This one is absolutely spot on. When the winds of change blow hard … Continue reading

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Public sector blogging on the rise

There seems to have been a rash of new public sector blogs appearing in the last couple of months, probably in response to the massive upheaval the sector is facing. The Redundant Public Servant I mentioned last week and he seems to have … Continue reading

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Suffolk raises the ghost of Nicholas Ridley

Suffolk County Council summoned up the ghost of Nicholas Ridley yesterday when it announced its plan to contract out almost all its service provision to external organisations. Older readers may remember Mr Ridley’s vision of local government – a council meeting once … Continue reading

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Could public sector pensions scupper the Big Society?

A couple of months ago I reflected on the potential clash between the Big Society and our litigious culture. How, I wondered, will small organisations taking over local services cope when faced with legal claims, once the support of the … Continue reading

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Gallows humour in the public sector

If you haven’t read the Redundant Public Servant’s Blog yet, you should. I loved this bit: HELLO! HE’S BEING FIRED. I’M BEING FIRED. WE DON’T CARE ABOUT THE FILING SYSTEM. IN FACT BEFORE WE GO WE’RE GOING TO SWITCH ALL … Continue reading

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