Douglas Carswell posts that according to Twitter Gus O'Donnell (aka GOD), the most senior Whitehall mandarin, is to quit - and will be replaced by another Whitehall mandarin. Carswell maintains that it is people like Gus O'Donnell at the Cabinet Office, Kim Darroch on the national security council, Simon Fraser at the FCO and other semi-anonymous technocrats who really decide how this country is run; and who, in his view, who have helped run it into the ground. He also maintains that it is these permanent officials that really decide most public policy and that all too often, elected ministers end up as mere mouthpieces for the machine. Carswell ends his post thus:
"..... it is precisely because we have such a smug, insulated technocracy in charge that voters are left complaining that no matter who they vote for, things rarely seem to change. Before the next technocrat is installed to preside over us, we need to have a Parliamentary confirmation hearing. No convincing answers, no job.Requiring senior officials to answer publicly for what they do in our name might mean that those who make public policy start to appreciate what the public actually wants."
There speaks a typical politician! He seems to have forgotten that:
- It is because we have smug insulated politicians that voters complain no matter who they vote for, nothing ever changes.
- If politicians maintain they are elected to 'govern', perhaps they should start by 'governing' their officials.
- The sooner politicians are 'interviewed' by means of open primaries, the overriding factor being no convincing answers, no job, the better.
- Whilst it is agreed that bureaucrats should be interviewed for their position, it would be beneficial if those doing the interviewing also started to appreciate what the public actually wants.