What - no Dido Harding?
Again highlighting cosy relations between Amazon and UK.gov, Alex Chisholm, Cabinet Office permanent secretary and head of the civil service, has confirmed the etail giant's UK’s head Doug Gurr will sit on a panel that chooses the next government chief digital officer (GCDO). Chisholm, previously a senior figure in the …
I should seriously consider to apply. Due to covid I'm sure that working remotely is not only a possibility but rather a must - otherwise I'd have to move back to Blighty. The only thing missing is a (prior) conviction. Although I'm sure I will fulfil that with corruption-related activities once I hold the position.
No person connected with another nation, this by virtue of citizenship or employment, should be a member of the final decision-taking panel. Similarly, wholly British controlled commerce should be kept at arms length from the panel.
That's not to say experienced people in relevant business sectors shouldn't be consulted on aspects of the job description, on desirable skills and experience, and on work priorities to be listed in the job description. Maybe, pre-final interview the candidates could go before panels of businessmen and high ranking IT people; their purpose would be to identify aspects of apparent strength or weakness in candidates to be formulated as candidate specific areas for questioning in depth. This need not go against the broad principle of subjecting all candidates to all relevant topic areas.
The present government has already been flagged for enquiry about aspects of financial probity. It should heed warning that scrutiny cannot be avoided.
Oh, come now, we all know that this is inevitable. Amazon is just taking its rightful place in the government wheels. Place which will allow it to better serve the public, right ?
I mean, hey, multi-billion dollar corporations have been
wining and dining lobbying government officials since their first billion, so why not get real and give them a seat at the decision table ?
It's not like there are any government officials who have the balls to send them packing anyway. They need those sweet retirement gigs.
It used to be that politicians who played the right game could look forward to a peerage and a seat in the House of Lords where they could have a paid for nap in their dotage, nowadays their sights are set a lot higher and they play a more rewarding game for a seat on a board somewhere.
I daresay for more money and probably not much need to show up for a nap.
I was listening to LBC yesterday, onevitem was about BJ and Cummings (mostly Cummings' idea) to shake up the civil service to make them more accountable for cock ups.
The bottom line apoeared to me to be more about reducing the security of tenure of senior civil servants that present a barrier to BJ and DC's latest plan du jour.
In spite of the many failings we see with the civil service, they often serve as one of the checks and balances against many of the exigencies of self serving politicians.