Magazine article Public Finance

All Fired Up

Magazine article Public Finance

All Fired Up

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The political often does get personal. And never more so than in the dog days of an exhausted third-term government.

But as Tony Blair reshuffles his Cabinet with the brutal enthusiasm of a Sir Alan Sugar - and rival political camps jockey for power - it is easy to lose sight of the implications for public services on the ground

Almost every area of central government faces, at best a state of suspension - at worst, near chaos - as bitter personal battles erupt over the 'letters of appointment' for new ministers.

In the midst of these acrimonious divorce proceedings, what kind of rational debate is possible over the future direction of the NHS, the Home Office, education or local government?

Take the now-defunct Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. No doubt there is some kind of warped political logic to the defenestration of John Prescott, his replacement by the unpopular Ruth Kelly - and the dispatching of David Miliband to Defra to square up to bluegreen David Cameron.

But where does all this manoeuvring leave the already troubled local government reform agenda?

The government has not even taken the opportunity to reorganise the newborn Department for Communities and Local Government in a more rational fashion - a sure sign of panic, rather than some 'long-planned' strategy. …

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