The recession gave the Government ample opportunity to reach for their favoured weapon when faced with hard decisions: outsource the advice. To independent consultants. All with serious credibility. Of course, in translation this means nothing less than appointing consultants whose world-view happily coincides with the current order. After all, would you expect the hired help to jeopardise future lucrative assignments by giving you a result you didn’t expect?
Oh, and we get to pay for it. So do our kids,and probably our grand-kids too.
So to cover for the fact that there is a total lack of accountability in our civil and public service tradition, a tradition which ensures we have expensive Official Inquiries which fail to point fingers, which can be guaranteed to enrich loads of lawyers whilst failing to find anyone actually responsible. For anything. Ever.
Of course, the State has form in this area: witness the dreadful…
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