There are wise words and sensible recommendations to be found in the Better Government Initiative report on how to improve government.
The recommendations centre around reducing the volume of legislation passed by the House, requiring post implementation appraisal of how the new legislation or government programme is working, strengthening Parliamentary scrutiny and improving the reports to cabinet and Parliament on what is proposed and how much it might cost. All of these would be most welcome.
One of the dangers of more and more people coming to Parliament without having held posts outside in senior management in the private sector is that all too many Ministers have no relevant experience when it comes to tackling the policy issues and management problems of their department. There are proposals to bring in some training for Ministers. Watching how many of the current crop of Ministers do their jobs, it would be most welcome.
Few of them seem to understand how to motivate civil servants and quango staff. Few of them seem to manage the spending of money and the use of other resources in the way they should. Most seem to concentrate on press relations and trying to manage the reporting of unsatisfactory outcomes, instead of concentrating on creating more and better outcomes from the spending, the legislation and the other decisions they make.