All is not well in Helengrad.
Indeed, its modus operandi is not workng.
The reasons for it is given in an editorial in the Dominion-Post today, as noted by The Hive.
A perception has grown up, rightly or wrongly, in recent years that the public service has left behind its tradition of political neutrality and become an operational arm of the Labour Party.
That has been encouraged by a national librarian lavishly praising her minister in public, a chief executive bowing to bullying from his minister over a departmental appointment and a former state services commissioner who learned a senior state servant didn't have the doctorate she claimed yet failed to frogmarch her from the building, presumably because of her political connections.
A sense has also grown of a service no longer willing to give ministers advice they do not want to hear and a chief executive pool that erroneously believes their boss is their minister, not the state services commissioner.
Now, I will explain why Helengrad is not working, why government is producing so much awful and unworkable policy.
Liarbour has either stacked the bureacracy with too many of its own placemen and women, or people are all too terrified to give the independent advice government needs to avoid getting into trouble.
It's almost like "Oh yes! Dear Leader! Killing the first born is an excellent policy."
A more neutral civil service would warn her against it.
You reap what you sow. Liarbour only has itself to blame for so much bad policy and the effect on its poll ratings!
Hat tip: The Hive
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