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Yorkshire Socialist Health Association Command and Control Management: The Deadly Embodiment of Neo-Liberalism at work in the Public Sector John and Joe Carlisle, Mad Management[1] Although the Command and Control style of management is a fairly modern phenomenon, like all ideas, its roots go much further back, to a very dominant model of how to discipline and organise institutions. The philosopher Michael Foucault famously uses 18th Century Utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon as a model for how a modern disciplinary society seeks to at all times to survey, or at least give the possibility of surveillance, its populace. The panopticon […]
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Former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, probably Britain’s worst leader since General Percival surrendered an army of over 80,000 soldiers to 36,000 Japanese soldiers at Singapore in 1942. It was the worst ever British defeat and led directly to the dreadful Japanese concentration camps. Hunt was in charge of over a million highly committed NHS professionals with oversight of Social Care, looking after nearly a million people. He surrendered these to a succession of debilitating neo-liberal reorganisations, privatisations and defunding regimes. Like Percival he could have fought for his people, but chose not to, and England is paying a high price. […]
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That this year is still the 100th anniversary of World War 1 seems to have escaped many people. 1918 was a momentous year, beginning with the onslaught of German Spring Offensive as their armies, freed from the Russian conflict, turned to the west. Thanks largely to a restored Haig’s strategy and British fighting ability the offensive failed after two weeks. It was the beginning of the end for the Germans. Within 6 months the war was over. Victory had been snatched from the jaws of defeat. But the cost had been enormous, totalling nearly 180,000 British casualties – in just […]
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Mad Management: Leaders (not) learning the lessons of history, especially in the Public Sector  “Good morning, good morning!” the general said, when we met him last week on the way to the line. Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of ’em dead, And we’re cursing his staff for incompetent swine.  “He’s a cheery old card”, grunted Harry to Jack as they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack . . . But he did for them both by his plan of attack. This was Siegfried Sassoon’s bitter poem about the World War I battle(s) of Arras. By […]
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