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There are many brilliant people in the civil service and politics. Over the past five months the No10 political team has been lucky to work with some fantastic officials. But there are also some profound problems at the core of how the British state makes decisions. This was seen by pundit-world as a very eccentric view in 2014. It is no longer seen as eccentric. Dealing with these deep problems is supported by many great officials, particularly younger ones, though of course there will naturally be many fears — some reasonable, most unreasonable.

Now there is a confluence of: a) Brexit requires many large changes in policy and in the structure of decision-making, b) some people in government are prepared to take risks to change things a lot, and c) a new government with a significant majority and little need to worry about short-term unpopularity while trying to make rapid progress with long-term problems.

There is a huge amount of low hanging fruit — trillion dollar bills lying on the street — in the intersection of:

the selection, education and training of people for high performance
the frontiers of the science of prediction
data science, AI and cognitive technologies (e.g Seeing Rooms, ‘authoring tools designed for arguing from evidence’, Tetlock/IARPA prediction tournaments that could easily be extended to consider ‘clusters’ of issues around themes like Brexit to improve policy and project management)
communication (e.g Cialdini)
decision-making institutions at the apex of government.
We want to hire an unusual set of people with different skills and backgrounds to work in Downing Street with the best officials, some as spads and perhaps some as officials. If you are already an official and you read this blog and think you fit one of these categories, get in touch.

The categories are roughly:

Data scientists and software developers
Economists
Policy experts
Project managers
Communication experts
Junior researchers one of whom will also be my personal assistant
Weirdos and misfits with odd skills
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Just as Gove is probably the only cabinet minister who can tackle serious reform, Cummings is our best chance at taking a knife to our current public sector. I think a focus on ability over identity politics in recruitment (one of his blog points) will be beneficial.
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Just as Gove is probably the only cabinet minister who can tackle serious reform, Cummings is our best chance at taking a knife to our current public sector. I think a focus on ability over identity politics in recruitment (one of his blog points) will be beneficial.
I'm guessing you've never worked in the civil service, have no idea about how it works and take all your opinions on it from nonsensical telegraph articles.

Without the civil service working round the clock there's not a chance thst Johnson would have either come up with a Brexit deal or agreed it with the EU. Nor would the government have been able to do anything in the past 10 years without the civil service.

The civil service recruitment does not focus on identity politics over ability. That's simply a lie. Unless of course your have ever recruited for the civil service...

The civil service are just a convenient scapegoat and target for right wing populists.
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Just as Gove is probably the only cabinet minister who can tackle serious reform,
In what universe is this true?
Cummings is our best chance at taking a knife to our current public sector. I think a focus on ability over identity politics in recruitment (one of his blog points) will be beneficial.
Irony abound considering what he and his ilk stand for...
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The Conservative Party have had a decade to reform the civil service. They haven't.

They've also had a decade to eliminate the deficit. They haven't. They've had a decade to deliver their immigration promises. They haven't. They've had almost four years to deliver Brexit. They haven't.

It's like allowing the thick kid to repeatedly sit his GCSE exam in the hope that one day he will scrape a C.
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Just as Gove is probably the only cabinet minister who can tackle serious reform, Cummings is our best chance at taking a knife to our current public sector. I think a focus on ability over identity politics in recruitment (one of his blog points) will be beneficial.
Have you ever tried applying for a job with the civil service?

They look for ability and experience, not identity.
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here's my application:

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Just as Gove is probably the only cabinet minister who can tackle serious reform, Cummings is our best chance at taking a knife to our current public sector. I think a focus on ability over identity politics in recruitment (one of his blog points) will be beneficial.
This is what Eric Pickles said about local government reform and the same is true of civil service reform

Local government reorganisation has been a vanity project by Ministers, more concerned about reducing the number of Conservative Councillors than delivering better quality services for taxpayers. If I am lucky enough to become Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government I intend to keep a loaded pearl-handled revolver in my drawer, and the first civil servant who suggests local government reorganisation will be shot. I am not at all interested in the structure of local government. I am extremely determined that we make the functions of local government work as efficiently and effectively as possible to ensure we offer the best possible services and the lowest council tax possible. No city or county will forced to change their status, but we will expect councils to share back office functions to cooperate and work together, and focus on delivery not navel gazing.
This is the history of just one department

During the government of Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the then President of the Board of Trade Edward Heath was given in addition the job of Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development. This title was not continued under Harold Wilson, but when Heath became Prime Minister in 1970 he decided to merge functions of the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Technology to create the Department of Trade and Industry. The head of this department became known as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and also retained the title of President of the Board of Trade.

When Harold Wilson re-entered office in March 1974, the office was split into the Department of Trade, the Department of Industry and the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection, resulting in the creation of three new positions: Secretary of State for Industry, Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection, and Secretary of State for Trade. The title President of the Board of Trade became the secondary title of the Secretary of State for Trade. By 1979 the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection was abolished by the incoming Conservative government and its responsibilities were reintegrated into the Department of Trade. Furthermore, 1983 the offices of trade and industry were remerged and the title of Secretary of State for Trade and Industry was recreated. When Michael Heseltine held this office, he preferred to be known by the older title of President of the Board of Trade, and this practice was also followed by Ian Lang and Margaret Beckett. Heseltine's decision to reuse the old title caused some controversy, and it was discovered that the Board of Trade had not in fact met since the mid-nineteenth century.

Under Gordon Brown's premiership there were two renamings of the role and three re-alignments of responsibility. In his first cabinet of 2007, he called the post Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. With this change, the Better Regulation Executive was added to the department but the Office of Science and Innovation was lost. In 2008, the title remained the same but responsibility for energy was lost. In 2009, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was merged into the existing department and the post became Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In July 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May decided to merge the Department for Energy and Climate Change into this department with the responsibilities for post-19 education and skills being returned to the Department for Education resulting in the position being renamed to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. At the same time the post of President of the Board of Trade was transferred to the newly created post of Secretary of State for International Trade.
The principal industries promoted were signwriting and logo design.
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Dominic Cummings sounds like a name for a porno actor.
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The civil service are just a convenient scapegoat and target for right wing populists.
Equally there is a middle ground between "the civil service are the Rolls Royce standard of public service" and "the civil service are a bunch of covert Remoaners engaged in nefarious scheming".

There are a lot of things the Civil Service does well - and quite a few things that they don't do well. One thing that they have always been relatively positive about is bringing in new voices and new talents - but often the routes to that have been lacking. There is of course an argument about maintaining the integrity of the service, but that does have to be balanced by being receptive to change and flexible to adapt to the needs of government.
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To be clear the 'advert' was for SPADs rather than commoner civil servants.
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I think a focus on ability over
Ability over pay?

I do love the idea of bringing in top class people, but why on earth would they work for the buttons of the pay scales. Naturally, some people will/do but if top external talent is being sought then Google, Barclays and McKinsey are after the same folk but have deeper wallets.
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