A “childish turf war” between senior civil servants which saw them refuse to work together may cost taxpayers over £180million, a committee of MPs has revealed.
Senior bosses in three Government departments claimed they could not get on because they “dressed differently” and “worked on different floors”, costing millions in EU fines.
The powerful Public Accounts Committee found highly paid managers were part of an “appalling Whitehall fiasco” which led to British farmers receiving late payments because a Government IT scheme ran 40% over budget.

Less Curajus State and rather more Carry On Humphrey, eh?

And there’s a thought. I wonder if The Murph has ever actually watched Yes Minister to see how his dream would actually turn out?

11 thoughts on “Hmm”

  1. Having re-watched Yes Minister/Prime Minister recently, I’d say there were fairly accurate of today, proving nothing changes. Arguments over Trident, education, Treasury vs No. 10, grand schemes that come to nothing and so on.

    Ritchie’s version would have him advising on everything, and it all working out lovely.

  2. I always assumed “Yes, [Prime] Minister” was a documentary. Can’t say I’ve seen anything that would make me think otherwise. Although, if anything, Cameron is thicker than Hacker. I assume the permanent government doesn’t just run rings around him, they do so blindfold while hula-hooping and juggling EU directives.

  3. Assuming it is desirable that the, ahem, work done by Whitehall civil servants is in some sense desirable, what do they do that could not be done by, say, Allen & Overy, or a host of other professional advisers, on an as-and-when basis which would presumably be more cost-effective than the current, permanent arrangement?

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    A bunch of city dwelling civil servants are responsible managing rural affairs. Even less incentive for them to care about the effects of their stupidity.

    Time to move what’s left of the civil service after the cull out of London to give them a sense of perspective and free up some housing for those who will be more productive.

  5. Sack the entire Senior Civil Service on the spot without compensation and confiscate their pensions.

  6. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    Was this the one kicked off by Margaret Beckett ?
    Another example of Labour complaining about problems that they created ?

  7. As a farmer I was directly involved with this fiasco.

    Looking at it from the outside they committed the fundamental error of trying to change two things at once – introduce a new payments system (new rules/levels and types of payments etc) at the same time as introduce a completely new IT system (with compulsory online applications only for the first time, no paper applications) for people to apply for said new payments scheme.

    It was always going to be a complete fuck-up from day 1, as was the introduction of the previous system back in 2004/5, when they decided to combine the new payment scheme with a requirement for all land in the UK to be registered on their system. That took years to sort out, so naturally when a system change was required again they took that opportunity to make another big admin change at the same time. Despite already having a perfectly functional online system, that had worked fine for the preceding 2-3 years.

  8. @ Jim
    That’s down to their being Arts Graduates. Scientists experiment on one variable at a time.
    And I bet they had a team of programmers who didn’t understand how the system worked co-operating with a team of civ0ol servants who didn’t understand IT.

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