As a successful businessman Digby Jones should know a thing or two about management. A former GOAT – part of Labour’s Government of All Talents – Lord Jones recalled on his time in Whitehall by saying that some ministers were not fit to govern. After Jacqui Smith’s confession that she lacked any knowledge of running a large organisation, Lord Jones offered a definitive assessment:
His comments resonate with The TaxPayers’ Alliance Better Government position paper – ministers are too often inexperienced and lack the credentials to take on such important jobs:
If a person is inexperienced in managing a large organisation, how can they be expected to control a huge Government department? As Lord Jones said, this is unfair on all parties, including the unfortunate individual who is promoted beyond their experience and talent.
He also believes that the all-too-frequent cabinet reshuffles do nothing for stability:
This is a sensible evaluation, and again echoes our Better Government stance:
Government departments carry out vital work. It is therefore essential that competent and experienced people run them appropriately.