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There’s no alternative to good public sector management 3 July 2009

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Ken Livingston points out a nice irony in today’s Guardian:

“Part of the problem is that civil servants are taken to the cleaners in the construction of the privatisation contracts by the private companies’ sharper legal teams. One of the rationales for the tube’s PPP was that it made no sense to hand billions of pounds of public money for tube upgrades over to London Underground management and civil servants who had such a poor record of delivering. Yet, these same civil servants were left to draw up the detail of the PPP contracts. They were completely turned over by the private sector.”

There are two indissoluble aspects to the solution:
– appoint good public servants, and have faith in them (but have good appraisal and accountability systems too)
– regain a sense of ethics among contractors, who will always be necessary (after all I am one myself, to declare my interest)

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