About the Author

Ken Cole
SPS Consultancy

Ken Cole has worked in senior positions in both the public and private sectors and was one of the founding Directors of SPS in 2001. He recently completed a three year secondment as Director of the London Centre of Excellence. Ken has thrilled many public and private audiences with his incisive analysis, robust delivery and his belief in 'telling it as it is'. His blog is a regular commentary of the improvement and efficiency agenda.

Make sure you pay a frequent visit to find out Ken's latest thoughts on the workings of government, the latest policy initiatives and much more...

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Incisive Editorial in Management Today

Feb 28, 2011


It is only just out, so no web link available at present – but Management Today’s March 2011 editorial is a must. Entitled ‘Up the creek without a paddle, it lambasts the lunacy of the approach being adopted by the Government in reducing public expenditure. Confusing sound economics with headline grabbing attacks on so called ‘fat cats’ in the public sector is threatening to drive out just the people that the Government needs to make its ideas on big society and expenditure reduction a reality.

Already people with good commercial skills and the ability to make a difference, if allowed to, are leaving the public sector every day. Any one who is consultant, contractor, or even an interim is in danger of being removed with no thought as to their contribution let alone why they might have been hired in the first instance. ‘Exposing’ people earning more than £58K per annum, hardly an Exchequer breaking figure, is only likely to increase this stampede in the coming months. After all, there are lots of employers out there that actually value good people.

No-one is interested in some of the excellent projects and real transformational changes that are emerging and which will improve the quality of our public services. Any initiative or programme introduced by the last Government, good as well as bad, is likely to get the axe and once axed it is lost forever – the people and knowledge go elsewhere. The MT editor, Matthew Gwyther, is to be congratulated on his editorial – the Government does indeed need more positive economic/business thinking and a bit less political posturing!


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