I hope you had/are having a great Christmas
Update: Thanks to John Ward for the title of this post, which he put in a comment on my Facebook page. Cheers, John!
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Freedom, system thinking, politics, science, education, economics, pirates
|From BBC News:|
Education spending could be cut by £2bn by axing thousands of senior staff and "discipline" over pay, the schools secretary for England has indicated.
Ed Balls, the first minister to suggest possible cost-cutting moves, told the Sunday Times one option was to merge comprehensives to form "federations"
ED, look - why have you taken 12 years to propose your idea to save £2billion per year, with no impact on learning in the classroom. You have just admitted to wasting £24Billion for nothing. Good job!
"Riot police raided a 30th birthday barbecue because they thought the organiser, who had invited his friends via Facebook, was staging a rave.
Four police cars, a riot van and a helicopter moved in on Andrew Poole's gathering which was taking place in a field owned by a friend.
The coach driver had invited 17 guests to an 'event' on his social networking page by private invitation and was about to light the barbecue when the gazebo suddenly started flapping wildly and the sound of chopper blades filled the air..."
Two things strike me about this story:
Police spending time monitoring Facebook for "raves" when they should be out catching burglars, rapists and murders.
The inability of police, once they have had a chance to assess the real situation to admit that they might have been wrong about.
I hope he sues their arses and gets a fat payout - sadly it won't come from the police officers' salaries.
All the improvements, such as they are, have been paid for through personal and government debt. Because of globalisation and China, the old laws of economics were suspended temporarily over the last few years and there was money to pay for all this stuff - but the money was only on loan. By borrowing to 'lift children out of poverty' over the last decade we have probably condemned many more to a life of extreme poverty in the future.
I know that you think I am "economically illiterate" for saying all this, but have you been listening to Mervyn King recently?
Published: June 25 2009 03:00 | Last updated: June 25 2009 03:00
From Dr Peter Middleton.
Sir, I enjoyed the excellent analysis of “the state of Britain” by Chris Giles and Simon Briscoe (June 23). They reported that “government expenditure will soon account for almost half of the UK economy” and that “consensus reigns on the need to shrink it but there is no detail on what should be cut”. The research and consultancy evidence would suggest that “cuts” are not the way to tackle the problem of high public sector spending.
The issue is that the dominant management thinking is to announce arbitrary targets and set up compliance mechanisms to ensure they are met. This approach inevitably leads to poor service, high costs and massive waste. The need therefore is to dismantle the targets and activity measures infrastructure and start managing organisations as systems.
In essence the next UK government must move from the bankrupt General Motors approach to management and adopt the more successful Toyota systems model. The required “cuts” will occur as waste is systematically removed from the system while services improve.
W. Edwards Deming’s joke – “Let’s make toast the American way: you burn and I'll scrape” – applies to the management of much of the UK public sector.
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
Queen's University Belfast,