Friday, January 03, 2020

Cabinet of curiosities

‘Two hands are a lot’ — we’re hiring data scientists, project managers, policy experts, assorted weirdos…
I haven't yet read the Dominic Cummings's Blog post that is attracting so much heat this morning, but there is a link above for me to follow later. In a nutshell, Boris Johnson’s chief adviser has issued a call for “weirdos and misfits” to apply for jobs in Downing Street as his plans to shake up Whitehall begin to take shape.

It has reminded me though of what Emma told me years ago when I asked her what her secondment to the Cabinet Office at No 10 had been like. "It's full of very intelligent people who probably cut their own hair" she replied. That sounds weird enough to be going on with to me.

Come to think about it, Tracey spent time at the Cabinet Office as well. She told me she was working on a paper on how the government could respond more effectively to unexpected events. Unfortunately its announcement and publication were always having to be postponed because something unexpected had happened.

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