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The Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech really demonstrates why this government is so incompetent.

It seems quite clear to me that the government at the most senior level don't really understand what is happening on the ground. The normal systems of feedback are not operating properly. This was seen when the GP targets stopped people from booking appointments in advance.

One of the bills talks about having laws fade away. One hopes that this does not apply to Habeas Corpus which has been on the statute book since the 1600s.

On Health Improvement they really need to be looking at the way anti-biotics are handled. Too many diseases are developing resistance and still anti-biotics are prescribed for viral infections (at the request of patients). It really seems odd if statutory legislation is needed to improve cleanliness.

As far as getting private contractors into do NHS work they need to tread quite carefully. There can be systems of feedback that come in to undermine the core NHS and result in increased costs.

It is true that management in the public sector does not operate perfectly. That substantially is because of the amount of central bureaucracy and the lack of local discretion.

A very large number of the bills appears to be gesture legislation. People have a concern so the government - which is supposed to be running the executive - brings in legislation.

Clearly the legislation that was in existance for the past 8 years is wrong and needs to be changed. Who was responsible for that ... oh Tony Blair and his cronies.

Comments

PoliticalHack said…
John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat, accusing Tony of being an opportunist and jumping on bandwagons.

Irony died today.
Bob Piper said…
"The Queen's Speech really demonstrates why this government is so incompetent."

Errrm... the General Election result tells us that whatever the poplulation thinks, far more people think this Government is less incompetent than the Party John belongs to.

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