Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
My comment to The Times
Thursday, January 28, 2010
An irony too far!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Britain's system of Government stinks!
He had a high profile career in the civil service from 1961 to 1998, serving as Private Secretary to five prime ministers. He was Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service from 1988 to 1998.
Lord Butler is shown here in the robes of a Knight Companion of the Order of the GarterFull Wikipedia entry is here The Rt. Hon. Sir John Chilcot, GCB, PC (born 22 April 1939) is a privy council member and former civil servant. His appointment as chair of an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath was announced in June 2009.
He was educated at Brighton College and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he read English and languages. A career civil servant until his retirement in 1997, he served as Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office, Deputy Under-Secretary at the Home Office in charge of the Police Department, and a variety of posts in the Home Office, the Civil Service Department and the Cabinet Office, including Private Secretary appointments to Home Secretaries Roy Jenkins, Merlyn Rees, and Willie Whitelaw, and to the Head of the Civil Service, William Armstrong.
His honours include CB (1990), KCB (1994), and GCB (1998). He became a Privy Counsellor in 2004, and was a member of the Butler Review of the use of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He acted as "staff counsellor" to MI5 and MI6 from 1999 to 2004, "dealing with private and personal complaints from members of the intelligence services about their work and conditions."
He is described as "a mandarin with a safe pair of hands", though some doubt his forensic skill. International lawyer Philippe Sands is reported as saying "Having some familiarity with Sir John's questioning ... it is not immediately apparent that he will have the backbone to take on former government ministers." Sands also commented specifically in The Observer, on Sir John’s questioning of attorney-general Peter Goldsmith during the Butler inquiry:
Full Wikipedia entry is here. No image is necessary, he can be seen on television on most days at present, today co-incidentally in view of the quote above, with Lord Goldsmith. Sir Richard Clive Mottram, GCB (born April 23, 1946) is Chairman or a Board member of a number of private and public sector organisations, many with international links.He is Chairman of: Amey plc; the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl); and the UK Advisory Board of Employment Services Holdings; and a Board member of: the International Advisory Board of GardaWorld; Ashridge Business School; and the Ditchley Foundation. He is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.“He [Lord Goldsmith] gave evidence on 5 May 2004. The uncorrected transcript shows some members of the inquiry pressing him [Goldsmith] hard. By contrast, Sir John's spoonfed questions give every impression of being designed to elicit a response from the attorney general that would demonstrate the reasonableness of his actions and those of the government.” 
Full Wikipedia details are here. (Can you believe the nerve of a former "Permanent Secretary at the Department of Defence, DWP and DETR and Chairman of JIC" considering the shambles the MOD has recently proved itself to be, accepting all these important posts (some apparently with defense links) and thereafter putting his name to a report on "better governance"?
The list continues, but I believe my point is made!
Labels: Civil Servants
Friday, January 08, 2010
Iceland again and the ongoing banking crisis.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Globalisation or Fragmentation!