Sunday, November 30, 2008

Someone please wake me up and tell me I'm dreaming all of this...



Here's a delightful piece of news hidden away at the very end of a long, innocuous looking BBC article...

"...Under the plans, which have been devised by former cabinet minister Alan Milburn, 10-year "franchises" for services such as GPs and colleges would be up for tender.

Others proposals include making grant-funded students who drop out of university pay back part or all the money.

Also, forcing local authorities to spend more money on youth services and the creation of civilian security force consisting of military trainers, civil servants, police officers, judges and other logistical staff."

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5 comments:

ziz said...

Rt HonAlan Milburn MP is honorary president of Progress
the Progress Policy Group on Public Service Reform

Read this "Beyond Whitehall: A new vision for a progressive state"

Especially piece by A MIlburn.

http://tinyurl.com/5m96vu

eg

"Where local services are failing, communities would have the
legal right to have them replaced. Community courts and restorative
justice should spearhead a reinvigorated effort to deter and prevent
antisocial behaviour.
A new form of public ownership –
community-run mutual organisations – could take over the running of local services like children’s centres, estates and parks. And, as
individual citizens, parents would get new powers to choose schools
and NHS patients to choose treatments. People in old age, those with a long-term condition, families with disabled children or
people in training could choose their own publicly funded budgets
instead of conventionally provided services."

Stef said...

Fuck

Anonymous said...

tribal.Return of the clans.

Alex Fear said...

The more I think about it the more I think this country would be screwed if we had a zombie outbreak.

The way people simply accept the government as a natural part of the circle of life, as though revolution is something the ancients did like Neanderthals carving stone wheels is truly spectacular.

The closest we get to angry people marching in the streets is BBC Have Your Say column. But nothing trumps that more than the governments very own E-Petitions.

Sheer masterstroke by Mr Bliar. Make the people feel like they have a voice and a direct line to government, then turn off the computer and get on with the job of f***ing us all over.

Stef said...

The closest we get to angry people marching in the streets is BBC Have Your Say column. But nothing trumps that more than the governments very own E-Petitions.

not forgetting the occasional enraged call to Any Questions