Can we have this here?

Technology is marvelous, I think this is a real innovation that John KEy should be looking at:

It is Silva who has been designing an iPad app for Cameron that will give him a “management dashboard” on his touch-screen with which to govern the country. Well, a prime minister cannot live by Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja alone. The app – developed at a cost of £20,000 – will be up and running by the end of next month. Assuming the underlying algorithms and code work, the PM will then be able to see real-time data on government performance, polling, the markets, inflation statistics, what’s trending on Twitter, search patterns on Google – anything, in other words.

If Harold Macmillan governed the country from an armchair, in between reading paragraphs of Trollope, his fellow Tory centrist Cameron may soon be running the show using “Dave’s Dashboard”. But don’t for a minute dismiss this as a gimmick or a lame attempt to curry favour with the digital generation. The app is only the first manifestation of a No 10 plan to judge the success or failure of ministers with reference to performance-related data rather than the usual subjective criteria.

The explicit model is the “sabermetric” system of analysis, made famous by the book and movie, Moneyball, in which baseball players were selected by the Oakland A’s with reference to hard empirical data rather than the scouts’ visceral judgment. Imagine the PM pulling out a ream of bar-charts and computer printouts at a not-too-distant reshuffle, hiring and firing on the basis of stats and figures, rather than headlines and alliances. Ministers, you have been warned.


THANK YOU for being a subscriber. Because of you Whaleoil is going from strength to strength. It is a little known fact that Whaleoil subscribers are better in bed, good looking and highly intelligent. Sometimes all at once! Please Click Here Now to subscribe to an ad-free Whaleoil.

  • thor42

    I agree! 

    I mean, with things like GIS, for example (geographical information systems) – you could look at incidents of crime down to the meshblock level and really focus the resources on where the “hot spots” are. That goes for unemployment as well. I don’t know if WINZ’ system has a GIS component in it, but if it doesn’t, it probably should have. You’d be able to see that there are 10 beneficiaries on Bloggs St, and Mr Jones, only a couple of streets away, needs a few workers. That kind of thing.   

    • Hakim of phut

      The computer screens in the office may be fairly new tech but the back office systems were all written in the 70s.  It was a horrible system called CICS, with dozens of screen acronyms to learn the names of.
      AS we know there is no money for back office, plus the cost would be $700 mill plus to rewrite , when you pay  consultants $100 per hr.

  • parorchestia

    Getting swamped in detail has sunk many a career.