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May 29, 2007


Marcin Tustin

What's with the triangle? It looks to me like it says "Once in a lifetime." Nothing tricky about that.

Mark Wadsworth

"Once in a a lifetime"

BTW, in hindsight, Patsy's claim that 2006 was "The NHS' best year ever" is starting to look more and more true, given that it's been going steadily downhill since then.


The problem is that over the years, Comical Hewitt has passed the point where we can easily believe that she merely "didn't know" about Problem X. Rather, the feeling is (as with much of the New Labour clique) that she is regularly lying about things.

It may be true that sometimes she is simply a victim of her own ignorance, but it looks very much like in other cases (see the statements around the announced NHS over/underspend) she subscribes the Straussian concept that "The Project" must go forward and if the ignorant public need lying to so they don't rebel, then that is what she will do.


It's hard, with New Labour, to tell whether they're a pack of liars or clinically insane. The two categories are not mutually exclusive.

Mark Wadsworth

Dearieme, it's worse - they have read "1984" and learned the lessons (as did Saddam H - moustache, posters at every street corner, constant warfare).

Yes of course Nulab are pathological liars, whether clinging on to power for its own sake is a sign of clinical insanity is a moot point.


[Dearieme, it's worse - they have read "1984" and learned the lessons (as did Saddam H - moustache, posters at every street corner, constant warfare). ]

Do you not feel even a little bit silly when you say something like that?


I had to read the triangle three times before spotting the additional "a".


Good article in the Times today, by the way.

Mark Wadsworth

Dsquared, re-read the first half of 1984 and think about it.

Igor Belanov

One thing's for sure, you paranoid right-wingers don't believe that 'Hope lies with the Proles'.


Oi, Dillowbert: congrats on your piece in the Times.


In organisations of any size there tend to be two separate organisations; the CEO's organisations of initiatives, strategies, policies etc, and the COO's organisation that delivers the goods on a day-to-day basis.

How these two get on is critical for the future health of any organisation. Frequently the COO's part has seen fads come and go and just ignores the CEO's world. Or the CEO's world takes for granted the skills and abilities of the COO's world and eventually destroys the bit that does the daily business by not listening to it.

Alan Douglas

"she's the English Comical Ali, living in a world of her own"

I do think it time that we had a name all her own for our temporary health secretary.

How about "Pratfall Patsy" ?

Alan Douglas

Glenn Athey

Nice article in The Times - do you think that increased devolution and decentralisation is a potential answer to the probs of hierarchy/managerialism?

I agree with what you say - and its easily found when ministers make announcements over policy or delivery minutae - when I am thinking - surely that's best left to doctors or teachers to decide etc - they are the ones with the professional knowledge, experience, and judgement to decide.

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