Leafing through the city council’s Corporate Risk Register (pdf) today musing about maybe getting out a bit more proved to be more interesting than planned.
Basically this register is a list of things the council’s doing that could go badly wrong. Although in many cases, in the hands of the time-servers, deadbeats and wannabes that make up the city council’s senior management team, they’re not so much ‘risks’ as dead certs.
Does anyone believe these idiots can protect children? Minimise the impact of the recession? Maintain our privacy through decent data security? Bring capital projects in on budget? Thought not.
Other ‘risks’ listed here are obvious disasters waiting to happen too. For instance, Chief Exec Jan Ormondroyd’s hare-brained ‘Business Transformation‘ mass privatisation plan based on a handout she and her sidekick – that copper from Sheffield who doesn’t know where Easton is – got given at business school has no chance of success.
While concerns over achieving ‘value for money’ are sine qua non in an organisation that pays talentless drone Ormondroyd £180k a year, her copper sidekick £140k a year to do the marketing and which also sees fit to continue paying jobless Stephen Wray, quite possibly the biggest fuckwit in the world, a six figure salary to mismanage more huge sums of public money.
But the most fascinating risk on the register is coyly listed as “Political uncertainty: – risk of failure to take ‘difficult’ and long term decisions to improve services/V[alue]F[or]M[oney] outcomes.”
What on earth do they mean? Luckily all is explained:
Forthcoming ‘difficult’ decisions include waste management, primary review, R[egional]S[pacial]S[trategy]/BDF [eh?], T[ransport]I[nnovation]F[und] if it proceeds, restructuring, budget, adult social care issues.
Does this mean that unelected council officers have already decided what will happen then? And that there’s a ‘risk’ the people we elect might not do what they’re told?
Welcome to Bristol where democracy is now a risk that needs mitigating …