Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Crusty(LE), Jul 2, 2008.
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My thoughts? Looking over her CV: Oh, fcuk.
She's been involved in those Departments responsible for the biggest of the many cockups of the last two Governments. And she's coming to Defence. Oh, well. Just as well things are quiet on that front now, eh?
Well it is good to see that she brings with her such extensive experience in Defence and Overseas Security issues..........
The current 2nd PUS spent many years in the TA, including some full time service. While its an interesting appointment choice, if you look at what the 2nd PUS does - which is mainly to do with the CS side of life, its a fairly logical one - she understands the broader range of civilian employment issues that will be impacting on her day job - Its as logical as making an Infanteer to be Director Infantry.
I cannot agree with Jim30 on this one - the appointment of another senior CS (following on form PUS) who has minimal experience of the MoD or Military is an indication of how the Department is looked at by the rest of Westminster - and by this Government particularly. The MoD spends money without buying loyalty or votes, only generates bad news for the Government, and is generally full of trouble-making Soldiery (and Civil Servants). The sooner it is brought into line with other Govt Depts the better, seems to be the message.
There are several other senior CS changes coming up shortly - it'll be interesting to see how many of these go to people with an MoD track record.
Very nicely put Jim.
However looking at her CV, and some of the Departments she's been involved in, I'd say she was brought in for her specialist skillset.
Snowy - its Govt policy to advertise all SCS posts pan Govt to get widest range of talent applying. You'll see a lot more of these posts in future being filled by best people for the job. FCO is the one to watch - you'll start to see ambassadors coming from some very strange places indeed. This isn't a snub to the MOD but a CS wide policy.
Her past jobs v departmental results:
Job: Ursula Brennan joined the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) as Chief Executive in May 2006
Results: A totally****ed up criminal justice system that has delivered: a shortage of prison places; a dysfunctional probation system; replica bobbies; ineffective ASBOs; an increase in criminal activity; third-rate lawyers into the CPS; and a whole raft of terrorist suspects released into the community.
Job: Director General, Living, Land and Seas, at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Her responsibilities included leading work on policy and strategy for rural disadvantage, protection of wildlife and the countryside and marine and fisheries business.
Results: The annihalation of our fishing industry; outbreaks of foot and mouth from govt laboratories; increasing rural poverty; continued buy-in to the failed CAP.
Job: Ursula started her working life at the Greater London Council, but spent most of her career on what became the Department for Work and Pensions. At DWP she worked on a range of policies, but also in IT and delivery agencies and on programme management.
Results: A pensions system in deficit and chaos; the loss of countless records through staff incompetence; the failure to deliver a coherent, understandable benefits system.
Education: English and American Literature at University of Kent, Canterbury - not exactly top draw.
And she's the best the Civil Service can offer after open competition - you'll be telling me next that DE & S savings targets have been met.
I beg to differ. 2nd PUS runs the Defence Programme i.e. balance of investment decisions on Defence Spending on behalf of the Defence Board. She will also be a member of that Board, which, inter alia, has responsibility for defence policy and strategy, major investment decisions, resource planning and prioritisation.
Come now chaps coundn't someone take one for the team in the vain hope it might make a difference?
Ok maybe too much to ask.
Following the your comment regarding to Pan Government recruiting - this really does strike the "is this the best candidate?" note well and truly.
Is the PUS a fixed term anyone? Or, yet another rung on the Whitehall Merry-Go-Round?
Its not a case of whether its the best candidate - she was appointed as the best candidate of those who applied. 2PUS is a strange one- the current ones been around for almost 6 years - they tend to last longer than the PUS and other heads - don't know why though.
As for the idea that MODs been populated by outsiders - we do it too - you might be surprised at howq many MOD people (both civ and mil) lurk in OGDs - large swathes of the Cabinet Office are outposts of the MOD.
Incidentally, this appointment comes remarkably close to the announcement on positive discrimination.
Quick chaps, tin foil hats on, those pesky women with no brains or experience are stealing our jobs again.
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