So what's he achieved exactly?
I'm embarrassed to say that I helped get him elected in 1983. I was young and foolish, and I didn't inhale.
I'm sure he'll be sadly missed, like Nick Clegg.
Axe-wielder-in-chief and Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude is to hang up his blade after the next election. Since first swinging into power in 2010 Maude has pledged war on the supplier "oligopoly", which have traditionally dominated Whitehall IT spend, placed a moratorium on IT contracts over £100m, overseen the creation …
You failed to mention the importance of the Transparency agenda that Mr Maude has championed (with mixed success). This is a key area of change in global politics and something that should be supported whether it is around making government decisions and spending more open to query or the Open Data agenda which is linked to the crucial National Information Infrastructure (read the latest paper from the Open Data User Group for more: http://data.gov.uk/blog/national-information-infrastructure-nii).
he has got his hands dirty in policy and understood the importance of good information.
he has the testicular fortitude not to be bowed by the big corporations and a politicians' common sense when he sees a care.data turkey.
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and other governments e.g. Australia have copied Maude's work through the Cabinet Office, so I suspect he has done a pretty good job.
The golden rule in Whitehall is that if Maude likes it, it is probably a bad idea and will be badly implemented! Not failed to be true yet.
The number of companies I have met who roll their eyes when you mention the Cabinet Office tells its own story. Maude and his young, naive but eager advisors are brimming full of ideas and jargon, but have no real concept of the implications of what they do or make others do.
I am sure there are some things they have done right, but there is a hell of a lot they have done wrong and so any claims of success or savings from the Cabinet Office should be treated with a great deal of suspicion unless independently verified by people with credibility in that field.
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