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The DTI fighting for its life - rather ineffectively

Let us say one was a civil servant working for a department that has passed it sell by date - in this case the DTI - wouldn't one expect to be fighting a vigourous campaign, arguing how vital its work was, how gifted its staff were and warning that the four horsemen of the apocalypse were saddling up and offering celebratory sugar lumps to their trusty steeds? Well I would.

However, a spokesbod from the DTI had this to say, “The machinery of government can change but it just depends on where it is being done. The issues we work on aren’t going away. The permanent secretary, Sir Brian Bender, is encouraging staff not to be distracted by the media speculation, and to continue to focus on carrying out their functions effectively. That is what matters – for business and for taxpayers". Not quite 'Cry God for Harry, England and St George', is it?


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Anonymous Anonymous said... 10:36 am

I think we have reached and gone beyond a tipping point in public administration in that the great departments of state exist because they exist and beyond the employment of Civil Servants they have no reason to be. The Home office is by its own admission 'not fit for purpose' and along with the MOD cannot perform the central function of government that is to protect the individual citizen  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:41 am

I just like the fact that somebody has to go through life descibing self as "Brian Bender"
"yes we benders have alway lived in hampshire
"the DTI is full of benders"
" Im a bender ,my father was a bender as was his father before him"  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:59 am

Meandering somewhat, Bender the robot in 'Futurama' is one of my fictional heroes, and he responds to a surprise in one episode by declaring 'Bend me'....  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 12:16 pm

I am the DTI, you are underemployed, he is a dole-scrounger in the making.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:30 pm

Good one. Like it.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 12:32 pm

Perhaps this could be a test of competence. Threaten to close a department, and if they can't even fight for their existence, you have proof of their incompetence  

Anonymous verity said... 1:36 pm

But ... but ... they got a very smart new logo - very trendy and very expensive - and everything. W-a-a-h! It's not fair!

Serf makes a good point. They can't even fight for their existence. They've lost the will to live. But they'll trundle on, zombie-like, the department of the living dead.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:47 pm

I think the Home Office have first dibs on that name Verity.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:53 pm

The 'graph calls it the Department of Timidity and Inaction, and has called for it to be scrapped in the past.

Shall we have another go at renaming departments and ministerial briefs?  

Anonymous hg said... 4:11 pm

Shall we have another go at renaming departments and ministerial briefs?

Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury in:

The Ministry of Fear.

( starring
Anthony Lynton Blair, John Scarlett, and
A.C. John Yates as Inspector Prentice)  

Anonymous verity said... 5:29 pm

I certainly agree with the Ministry of Fear, created by Alastair Campbell with eager support from Anthony Loony Blair.

The Home Office. The Ministry of Ikea. A flatpak ruling for every need. (I see that 38% of Home Office employees are from "ethnic minorities". As they were underperforming, they simply lowered the standards. Flatpak for easy dissembling.)  

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