Ministers should be sent on training courses to teach them how to run the country, according to a report.
Policy initiatives are left uncompleted, unnecessary laws introduced, huge sums wasted and major projects flop routinely.
The group\’s report, Governing Well, makes 50 recommendations for improving public administration, including training for ministers, opposition spokesmen and chairmen of Commons committees.
\’\’Ministers are increasingly drawn from a specialist political background with little experience of the management and operation of large organisations," says the report.
"But they are in a position of great influence in relation both to their own departments and to deliverers of public services. They need appropriate training."
The problem is not that Ministers do not have the appropriate training. It\’s that the appropriate training does not exist, that it is not possible to train people to take on the tasks which they attempt. The mico-management of 65 million people from the centre simply isn\’t possible.
It isn\’t the quality or training of the people attempting to pull the levers, it\’s that the levers themselves do not and cannot exist.
Unless the training is that there\’s three or four things that you as Ministers both should and must do, leaving everything else to the people to work out fo themselves, this will simply make the problem worse, not better.