Panorama Tonight BBC 1 21.00 hrs.

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Tremaine

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Phrases like "bean-counters", and penny pinching, cuts, strategies, reform, (which usually involve slashing services, mean minded managers employed to save cash and impress the Boss) and serious underfunding, spring to mind. They're found everywhere. In charities, Business, Guv, local authorities and ministries. Fact of life. Whilst rubber heads focus on budgets and targets as part of their job spec, the real reason for their existence and their job will always come second.

*Edit and I particularly liked this one from mike_shenzhen_china, yesterday :
/"You may mock but civil servants have many daily risks and issues to deal with.
1) Scheduling conflict: They have to decide which 4 hour meeting to sit through. Getting it wrongs is serious stuff.
2) Course selection: With so many choices of Health and safety or diversity awareness course it would be easy to miss one and then their PC levels could drop to near dangerous levels known as common sense.
3) Paper edges and hot cups of coffee. Can leave a nasty burn or cut.
4) Long hours: Time and a third only starts after 8 hours of normal pay.
5) Restrictions on quality of life: Only two hours of facebook and twitter time allowed during the working day although more is allowed during overtime hours.
Serious stuff indeed, with all that to contend with a payrise is in order! " /endquote
 
It doesn't help when civvies at the top spout this sort of rubbish:


And there was me thinking the top priority was to win the war in Afganistan.
Now, now oldbaldy, haven't you heard? According to some (many?) civil servants and politicians in the Westminster Village, there is no 'war' and 'winning' is a pejorative term....

At this point it's largely a question of consulting with the PR gurus and focus groups in order to ascertain when defeat can be declared with the least amount of political fallout.

Brennan is merely indicative of the sort of bean-counting careerist civil servant whose view of defence matters - even when 'wars' are being fought - is essentially that of the shopkeeper.
 

Goatman

ADC
Book Reviewer
Brennan is merely indicative of the sort of bean-counting careerist civil servant whose view of defence matters - even when 'wars' are being fought - is essentially that of the shopkeeper.
No...she is an exemplar of a non-MoD externally appointed hatchet who is acceptable to Treasury ..........not least following the brilliant job (sic) she did in streamlining the Home Office into some damn newfangled abortion called the Ministry of Justice.
< Cue Annie Lennox from '1984' >

People need to understand that whilst Blair and Brown are long gone, the Brandenburgers they appointed across many walks of public life are very much still in office......not least the man who appoints the top mandarins, himself a Brownite crony from way back when....
 

OiOi

Clanker
Just for info, if you're overseas and want to watch the programme, BFBS are showing it on BFBS 1 TV at 22:35CET on Monday 21st February. If you're on ops, you'll be able to see it again at 16:35CET (20:05 in Afghan) on Tuesday 22nd Feb on the 'One Day Later' channel.
 

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