Far from abolishing hordes of quangos in a huge bonfire, the government has kept many and appointed political opponents to run them, as this site reminded us on Saturday. In the Autumn I wrote an article urging Conservatives to apply for these positions but the government needs to take its share of the responsibility too. The whole process needs to be opened up to encourage applicants from all walks of life, not only our own supporters.
Public appointments are filled by competence based assessments. When a post falls vacant the civil servants will create a job description and a person specification which list the skills required to do the job. These documents form the basis of the job advertisement which will attract certain types of candidate. They are used to pose the questions on the application form and at the interview. The process is seen as fair because you get the candidate you specify.
So the job description and person specification are vital, but too often these are just pulled out of a drawer, dusted off and reused with no alterations. This government is filling positions using the same template as the Labour government so it should be no surprise that it is getting the same results.