Number crunching

At least according to Wikipedia, St Basil of Caeseria is the patron saint of hospital administrators, while lighthouse keepers enjoy the patronage of both St Dunstan and St Venerius the Hermit. In the light of such specificity, it seems unjust that Freedom of Information Officers have no more appropriate option that St Thomas More, who covers […]

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Tales from the Crypt

If you don’t work in local government, you may never have encountered the Local Government Ombudsman, an organisation devoted to giving nutcases somewhere to grind their axes investigating possible maladministration in councils. The scope of the LGO’s work includes everything that councils do, but inevitably many complaints are about the most sensitive areas: child protection, looked after children, […]

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A Council of Despair

Depending on your point of view, the Taxpayer’s Alliance are either a doughty set of campaigners, determined to hold back the excesses of an overweening, spendthrift state, or a bunch of permanently outraged libertarians who hate the public sector. I lean toward the latter perspective. These are people who think that it would be cheaper […]

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