Gordon Brown steals David Cameron's language - but fails to convince on his efficiency drive
Gordon Brown this morning gave a speech in which he appeared to be taking on board much of what Conservatives have been saying for a long time about the benefits of transparency in the Post-Bureacratic Age.
He talked about publishing the salaries of those earning over £150,000 in the public sector and giving parents, patients etc more information online about the services they are using.
He even stole a line directly from David Cameron's victory speech on winning the Tory leadership four years ago.
Cameron said on December 6th 2005:
"There is such a thing as society, it's just not the same thing as the state. "
Brown said today:
Yet while he may be trying to play catch-up with David Cameron in certain ways, the savings that Brown announced this morning have been given a frosty reception by Shadow Chief Secretary, Philip Hammond, who reacted thus:
"I have always said that there is such a thing as society and always said also that this is not the same thing as the state"
“Efficiency reviews are not the problem – Labour is. Waste and inefficiency remain endemic after twelve years of Labour government. Why should we take this latest offering any more seriously when all it contains are re-heated announcements and attempts to copy Conservative policies? The truth is real public service reform is not in Labour’s DNA."
Hammond has today announced the formation of a Shadow Public Services Productivity Advisory Board, will advise the Conservative Party on plans to improve efficiency and productivity throughout the public sector.
Its members are:
- Sir Peter Gerhson
- Bernard Gray
- Lord Levene
- Martin Read
- Cllr Colin Barrow
- Lucy Neville-Rolfe