Once again we see government in a flux of bureaucratic red-tape that they seem incapable of - even unwilling - to extricate themselves from. In this context 'government' embraces that leviathan called the civil service, that anonymous force behind the political face of governance - commonly called in recent parlance, 'The Blob'.
'The Blob' is an amoeba like institution, veiled and invisible, always ready with bland denials of just about everything under the safety curtain protective identity of 'an official spokesman for....said...' They are experts at reconfiguring themselves with new departments and NGO's and shifting its senior mandarins around to avoid them ever being in danger of catching a bullet. In short, they have become a self sustaining, circulatory system that has spun such a complexity of rules, regulations and neutral, ambiguous messaging that not only do the public become exasperated with but also that fickle bunch whom we elected to lead the country.
Now there's much bouncing around out there in business as well as government about what good leadership should look like. 'Experts' have proliferated and what BB will describe as a non-industry has amazingly sprung up. All of a sudden we have 'experts' telling everyone with nattily crafted sound bites what leadership is all about and being drawn in by floundering governments to explain to them what they are doing wrong. We are spending millions on consultants (of leadership and most other unanswerable challenges as well) pushing their sage advice to government via individuals wielding algorithms who have next to no experience of the subject matters in hand. And the result - government chaos. And we see it everywhere today !
Let's look at the key examples. Next month we British look likely to see significant tax rises even when 50%+ of the government themselves are against them and the social economic model screams the message 'Don't do it !'; we see an energy policy/strategy that has fallen flat on its face under pressure from green lobby groups that are about as worldly and realistic as Mary Poppins, we see the dithering about opening up North Sea oil and gas again, we see dithering over fracking, we see dithering over electrification of the millions of vehicles on British roads; we cannot agree on mini-nuclear installations, we persist with ridiculous projects like HS2 (already out of date); we have a healthcare system that doesn't offer healthcare for the 21st century whilst swallowing prodigious amounts of taxpayers money to no avail; we make putting a Ukrainian refugee up so absurdly bureaucratic that nothing happens; we run around like headless chickens with the realisation that we've screwed our national defence so much that were just about 'bugg..ed'; we faff around amidst the NATO blob knowing full well that Russia is a wholly disingenuous party who will take advantage of Western niceties when we should be hitting them hard (because they will have no scruples whatever about hitting us hard)...and so the list could go on and on. And who do you think is the party that provides this vast array of conflicting leadership and information - none other than the Westminster Blob, wizards of obfuscation, dead-ending, prevarication and 'let's set up an enquiry to look into that !'
We need not only a 21st century elected government but a civil service that actually understands its true role and delivers well considered and weighed advice to formulate workable strategies at the same time initiating the sacking of cohorts of consultants who line their own pockets with very dubious, ill considered suggestions. Can you see much of that ? If you can't, look harder, it's there all around us. We are going to get hammered - both literally, socially and economically - unless the powers that be in Westminster and Whitehall get a grip.
Long live Badgers !