Ruth Richardson has commented on the need for civil service reform in the UK…she talks of our reforms here in the 1990s, but since those days we have seen aÂ resurgence of troughing civil servants. New Zealand as much as the UK is still in need of proper civil service reform:
The real crux of the matter is â€“ why should civil servants have jobs for life? The real life â€śslumdog millionaireâ€ť from Mumbai, who wants to use his winnings to take Indiaâ€™s tough civil service exam so he can win a secure and prestigious lifetime jobâ€ť, is so typical of the species and the problem. And why shouldnâ€™t they be accountable for their performance? A recent poll for the in-house Civil Service newspaper shows that thereâ€™s actually support from two thirds of civil servants to strengthen the ability to sack poor performance â€“ proof that good people want to work with good people.
David Cameron might think that Whitehall reform is down his list of priorities. In fact it is the necessary tool to reinvigorate his reform programme and his Government.