54 posts • joined Friday 26th June 2009 16:46 GMT
"on the grounds of consistency, easing central support, and economies of scale ... but to my knowledge that never came to fruition"
Says it all about the Public Sector really. They have an unlimited supply of tax-payer funding with no ownership so why would they try and become efficient?
I think I could save the UK £1 Billion pounds on my first day at work if I was in charge of the NHS:
- Tender for a UK-wide public sector mobile phone contract with one supplier, 2 basic handset to choose from
- Tender for a UK-wide contract for all NHS consumables (bandages, syringes, saline, etc)
- No First / Business class travel (all of the public sector)
- No bonuses (all of the public sector)
- Create a standard desktop build for the public sector (yes, there will be exceptions)
- Use open source software
- Secondments from Private Sector to the Public Sector (to change the culture)
- Build a Premier Inn style hotel in London and make MPs / Lords live in it (with suitable security)
Please feel free to add to the list...
Re: Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...
Correction, the Founding Fathers only intended white, male, gentlemen landowners to be allowed guns, or to vote. Strange they keep amending the US Constitution to make it less racist, less sexist, protect freedom of speech etc. but not to remove automatic weapons from the civilian population.
WTF did those Brits (Founding Fathers) know about modern US society - very little to nothing.
Moody's, Fitch, etc., all rated Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Leman Brothers as AAA just as everything crashed in '08, why do people even listen to them when they failed their biggest test and have demonstrated their total incompetence.
Moody's = junk.
They should inject all Rhino horn / Ivory with a deadly toxin that kills everyone that uses it for medicine, or at least start the rumour and see if that has a negative effect on demand?
Or a isotope that can be easily traced to aid prosecution, not of the poachers but of the consumers?
Why aren't they addressing the real reason that Rhino, Elephant and Tiger are being actually poached - demand from Eastern countries like China and Korea for their so-called 'medicine'?
Perhaps an advertising campaign educating certain cultures that there is no scientific basis for (Chinese) medicine, it has absolutely no benefit to anyone and is a waste of your money so please stop depopulating my planet?
And don't get me started on shark finning.
Agree. It is the same as the belief in fairies, pixies, ghosts and all religions.
I use to eat them but ended up with a bit between my teeth so I stopped. Quite fancy trying a My Lidl Pony burger though!
Ahh Gallium Arsenide #2
My old Pentax ME Super had a Gallium Arsenide Phosphide Photo Diode (GAPD).
Mine's the one with the Zorki 4k in the pocket!
Probably because he wished he was a Naval Aviator.
In the UK the selection process for the RN Fleet Air Arm is tougher compareed to the RAF; while you need to be in the 80th percentile to pass the RAF's tests for Pilot / Navigator you needed to be in the 90th percentile to pass for RN Pilot / Observer. And you will most likely end up going rotary.
"..landing on a carrier at night, in rough weather with no lights, radio or radar because there's an enemy sub in the area, you are low on fuel, and the carrier has been changing course to avoid the sub" is how the Commodore on my selection board told me.
Fly Navy, eat crab.
Deduct the fine from the Councils collective pension fund - that should focus the attention of all of the employees.
And, convert the final salary pension scheme to one funded by the employees, not the tax payer.
"Worry not guys, they worry enough about your safety to ban electronics from becoming projectiles in the cabin, but not enough about the pilots in the cockpit being wanged with a flying fondleslab."
The ones in the cockpit wil be fixed to the control yoke.
Dear Home Secretary...
Please consolidate the 43 police forces into somewhere in the region of, say, 10. We are a small country and do not need 43, or 33, or even 23 Police Forces.
Signed: A Mystified Tax Payer
Will it also show the 20% of council tax they are paying into their pensions?
Nottingham? Someone needs to explain that they work for us and it is not their decision to make. Publish the damn data and get use to the idea that we want to know what they are spending our money on. And get rid of the leader of that council, he is not fit for purpose and has the wrong attitude.
The council and all forms of government are employed by us to manage our resources while we are busy working / living our lives. The need reminding of this fact.
Brennan was a Belter...
Hope they first agree some protocols about leaving sh*t in orbit and leaving their junk floating around if it isn't already defined under UN and International Charter.
Why do councils build their own web site when they all be delivering the same online services? Create one site standard that meets the requirements and apply branding for each council...
And a few shared data centres will save costs.
Or I am I naive in thinking that councils will actually see the logic and stop wasting tax payers' money duplicating effort and not try and keep control of their web site?
Here's a thought..
Why not create single (distributed) competency centre, say in the deprived areas of the UK, that provides all of these services so we keep them in the UK, employ UK people, reduce the risk of exposing data to foreigners, upskill UK staff and make ALL councils use that same services thus saving costs?
Why does every Council have an HR department, IT support, CRB check team......?
So what if it is not the absolute cheapest option but invests in the UK.
Mine's the one with the spend UK tax payers money in the UK proposal.
Why not use the car's BluTooth to tell the phone to go into silent mode or even better, block all incoming calls while the car is moving?
For hospitals, trains, cinemas, aircraft etc. your phone is turned to silent / flight mode mode when you walk through the door / entrance / portal and all devices in close proximity relay this signal on a regular basis just in case you try to override.
How hard is it?
If you show the graph of Italian sovereign debt against incidences of piracy off the coats of Somalia you see that it proves beyond all doubt that Somalian pirates are responsible for the Italian debt crisis.
Pirates....because they AAAAARRRRGGGH
@LJRich (....and just about everyone else)
Innocent *UNLESS* proven guilty.
Not 'until proven guilty' - this is not correct and implies that it is only a matter of time.
According to the NAO the Public sector get paid more then the Private sector, get more benefits, better pensions, are less productive and take a lot more sick leave than the private sector.
According to the INS the public sector account for 6.162 million employed, that's 53% of the workforce.
I would suggest we only need about 2-3 million public sector workers.
The cust should not be frontline trops: nurses, doctors, teachers, firemen, police officers but millions of the middle management and back office staff. Don't outsource, consolidate and automate.
How many HR departments are there in government? Why do we have 56 police forces?
No, you mean Copyright Infringement.
If I steal your CD collection that is theft.
If I illegally copy your CD collection then that is copyright infringment and the issue is with the copyright holder, not you.
Coming from Palestine I very much doubt that he had blue eyes or even long golden hair as per many artist impressions you see in churches.
More likely he was dark-skinned, curly short dark brown hair and brown eyes.
For Christ sake, get it right!
I think you'll find it was a magistrate that decided on the size of the fine. The Police are there to prevent and detect crime, not decide on how much to fine a person that committed a crime.
An elementary understanding of the UK legal system would be useful....
What exactly is the global angle here?
DHS are in the US, the FBI is in the US. How does this have anything to do with any other country?
I agree with you to a certain extent but Germany does get 'proper' snow and therefore warrants rules to make snow tyres mandatory.
We, on the other hand, get the odd light dusting so are in the 'dither' zone. That's why we sold our snow ploughs in the 70s.
Mine's the one that says 'Alpha Industries Arctic Parka' on the label.
@Ludicrous Ludics #
You must be referring to the London 2012 Olympics (I know you can't possibly comment). Am I in breach of some sort of trademark law by even mentioning the London 2012 Olympics?
I find it amazing that junk foods (Burgers, Cola, Chocolate) which no Olympian would dream of touching and are, perhaps, the very antithesis of the Olympic spirit of physical perfection, are touted as the official food of the Olympics.
I know it is just a matter of a large sum of $s but surely tobacco could do the same (local advertising ban notwithstanding). Or would that be one step too far?
'Benson & Hedges Special Filter, official smoke of the London 2012 Olympics'!
Yes, we need the IOC and FIFA to become transparent and held to account by an independent external body.
Paris...because Hilton could be the official hotel provider (it is Holiday Inn).
Title says it all.
After watching the recent CH4 Euro Gravy Train documentary I think it is time to sack all MEPs and pick people from a lottery that have an IQ > 120 and make it their civic duty to be an MEP.
...and same for MPs.
The statement "These raids, though technically-magnificent feats of airmanship, achieved very little" is a load of bollo#ks!
Black Buck denied the Argies the use of the runway at Port Stanley so their fixed-wing assets had to fly all the way from Argie-land to get on target and thus had only a few minutes to loiter. Tactically that was a VERY big deal.
Surprised Lewis, didn't you listen at BRNC?
And what if a pilot smuggles something nasty through security and hands it over to someone on another flight?
...it is the oldest one found...so far. Not quite proof it was actually invented in Australia.
Mine's the one with 'cynic' on the coat.
Why can't we have pico cells in restaurants/cinemas/trains/aircraft that force mobiles into silent mode so they only vibrate, or turn the ringer volume down to minimum and the speaker to max (max feedback will make people speak quietly)?
Then I can read my book/paper/look out the window without being disturbed - that is what is important ;-)
Megaphone...so you WILL LISTEN!
Fining public bodies just takes money from the tax payer. I suggest the ICO should instead take the 500k from the bonuses of the top 100 earners in the organisation - that would help them to focus on data security.
Alternatively, make it punishable by jail, and apply it to public and private organisations evenly.
This is going to be great.
The US Government is broke and has a deficit of $13.616 trillion dollars whereas Google has a market capitalisation of almost +$200 billion dollars.
Google has more money than the US Government so can afford a lengthy legal battle in court.
Bring it on!
But not for 40K a year and not in Wilmslow in Cheshire. At that salary they're not going to attract much talent.
Steady on there Tom, that's crazy talk.
Next thing you'll be suggesting that the US adopts a national drivers license so that police forces in each state can recognise it.
...or that they create a State police force and stop wasting billions on duplicate administration having 15 police forces for every town/village/city in the state.
Or fund the fire department at the state level rather than from fines levied on the interstate by State Police Troopers.
Things like this would turn the US into a modern country but would cut pork-barrel and we can't have that.
Mines the one with a few good ideas in the pocket...
Ts & Cs
If either parties wants to substantially change the terms of a contract then it must be agreed by BOTH parties.
If either party does not agree to those changes then they can terminate the contract with no penalty.
That's British Law that is.
Maybe they should open the bids up for an FM / AM station, or one that uses them there new interwebs.
Alternatively, just tell the BBC to provide the service, you know, like a Public Service funded by you and me.
All Government and Council contracts > 50 K should be published on a web site and available to public scrutiny.
As previously stated, it is not their money, it is ours and we have every right to know what it is being spent on.
Can't you ask them to record the conversation and then make a statement either:
a). It is not free.
b). It is free.
If b). Ask them to provide it, permanently, free of charge or you will consult the ASA / Citizens Advice and request a copy of the recording as evidence.
That'll learn 'em.
Paris...she gives it away for free.
..and just suppose there just happens to be two people on this planet with the same name?
4/10 Must try harder.
Get a motorcycle, motorcycles don't have number plates on the front, only on the back.
...probably because the US watched what was happening for ~4 years from the side-lines so had a fairly good idea of who the aggressors were and then got their @rses kicked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbour so decided enough was enough and joined the Allies and help defeat the Nazis.
Having home territory attacked would be enough sufficient to motivate most people, added to that the 4 years of coverage in the media keeping the population informed.
Having political masters decide on a war that isn't a response to direct aggression, is based on some very dubious decisions, would not.
Just make all of the Council's financial transactions value > 5 quid available to anyone via a public portal.
After all, it is not the Council's money because they don't have any, it is our money and we want to know how it is being spent.
Megaphone...because someone needs to listen.
"Flight attendants have a lot of authority"
Actually...no, they don't.
You *only* have to obey an instruction from a Flight Attendant if it is to do with aircraft safety.
The Captain, on the other hand, has more authority than GOD.
Engineer....I don't think so
If you want to call yourself an Engineer go out and get a BEng and then get your qualifications AND experience accredited by the IET or one of the few bodies that CAN award Chartered Engineer status.
If you pass the Microsoft/CISCO/<Insert vendor name> exams for their own software/hardware then you are not an Engineer, you are a Technician.
Engineers design, Technicians operate.
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