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admin posted this in politics on January 7th, 2011

Bonfire of the quangos is damp squib say MPs

I read a report in the British Newspaper the Telegraph about the abolishing of some  192 public bodies, including the Film Council, the Audit Commission and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.Unveiling the plans in October, Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, had told the house of commons that the aim was to restore accountability to large swathes of Government and as a side benefit save some money!

Now however MPs on the Public Administration select committee said much lauded “Bonfire of the Quangos” had been poorly run and that “it won’t deliver significant cost savings or improved accountability”. The cross-party committee suggested that the Tory pre-election promises about cutting “costly bureaucracy” of quangos was responsible for creating a falses expectation of high savings.

Seems to me that the commitee is missing the point although it may be possible to acheive some savings by getting rid of some of these bureacrats the

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Royston posted this in society on June 24th, 2010

Why burden students with even more debt?

I was a little annoyed by the recent call by the industry leaders and the Conservative policy of selling the student loan book which will mean in practice students paying the equivalent of a commercial rate of interest for their loans at University. Currently the rate of interest for a student loan is set at around the rate of inflation – so assuming inflation gets back to a more normal rate over the next few years the long term loan rate will settle at around 3 to 5%. Although this seems high it is the cheapest way to borrow money to pay for a course and in effect a student will be paying back at purchase power parity. The value of the money paid back is at the same purchase value at the money drawn

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Royston posted this in outsourcing on March 5th, 2010

Can risk be reduced by sourcing from multiple suppliers offshore?

Can risk be reduced by multishoring? – the latest buzz word in the outsource vocabulary does it mean anything or just there to

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Royston posted this in change management on June 30th, 2009

Forced Change in an Outsourcing – guidelines for communicating to reduce resistance

Communicating to employees when they are being outsourced is an essential task and if done well can substantially reduce

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Royston posted this in change management on June 18th, 2009

Involve people in change to reduce the resistance

Forced change in the context of tight deadlines is the reality but we can still reduce the resistance if we involve

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Royston posted this in outsourcing on March 28th, 2009

Why Outsourcing often does not deliver value

Why are the benefits of outsourcing only rarely achieved

In a recent Dun & Bradstreet report they noted that “25 percent of all outsourcing fails” completely and over 50% of all outsource deals do not deliver any substantive benefit at all. Outsourcing failures are often the result of companies rushing into transactions with unrealistic or unsubstantiated expectations of cost savings and performance improvements that cannot be met because the client does not communicate its requirements in a clear way either internally or to the potential vendors. The outsourcing of many business processes besides IT also has the same less-than-stellar results – call centre problems are almost a
cause célèbre. Some people believe you need hundreds of pages of detailed specifications as complex as War and Peace to make outsourcing work at all tying up the whole thing in a tight contract that covers every possibility – clearly not a practical proposition.

The main

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Royston posted this in outsourcing on March 27th, 2009

Will outsourcing be a victim of the credit crunch

Is searching the world for a cheap compliant workforce going to be a thing of the past now that the credit crunch is taking

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Royston posted this in politics on November 3rd, 2008

Labour Party to clone Tony Blair before next election to ensure New Labour for Generations to come

There is a great debate in the UK about cloning and other research that aims to stretch the limits of what is allowed by an ethical society. Most of the debate is posed in terms that service to defuse debate and restate the authority of those in charge of the country and the subordination of the greater mass of people to their

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Royston posted this in politics on September 23rd, 2008

City Spivs and Speculators get paid (off) for 'risk' taking

The Credit Crunch in the UK is being used to divert attention from the incompetence of the management of the economy over the last ten years. Quick to claim credit in the good times politicians in the UK are running for cover and avoiding blame when the climate turns

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Royston posted this in politics on September 22nd, 2008

Gordon Brown UK Prime Minister re-launches again and fails

Gordon Brown tries to convince skeptical voters he is the man for the

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