Slapdash Britain

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Britain was once regarded as the best-run in the world, but not any more.

Contemporary historian Dominic Sandbrook asks if we are now becoming a country that can no longer deliver; are we turning into SlapDash Britain?

He examines what has changed with senior civil servants and political advisers from the heart of government, such as Robin Butler, former head of the Civil Service, economic adviser Sir Christopher Foster,Tony Blair's former Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell, creator of Yes Minister Anthony Jay, former ambassador Ivor Roberts, public servants Sir David Omand and Anthony Mayer and professor Anthony King.

They give their candid assessments of what has changed.

Was there ever a golden age of Rolls Royce government"? What are the long-term consequences of Mrs Thatcher's style of running things? And, in striving too hard to deliver, did Blair's "sofa government "actually make things worse?

Despite endless government initiatives, are we any better governed today?

With pertinent archive and candid interviews Dominic Sandbrook asks the key players and their critics what is going on."

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Britain was once regarded as the best-run in the world, but not any more.

Contemporary historian Dominic Sandbrook asks if we are now becoming a country that can no longer deliver; are we turning into SlapDash Britain?

He examines what has changed with senior civil servants and political advisers from the heart of government, such as Robin Butler, former head of the Civil Service, economic adviser Sir Christopher Foster,Tony Blair's former Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell, creator of Yes Minister Anthony Jay, former ambassador Ivor Roberts, public servants Sir David Omand and Anthony Mayer and professor Anthony King.

They give their candid assessments of what has changed.

Was there ever a golden age of Rolls Royce government"? What are the long-term consequences of Mrs Thatcher's style of running things? And, in striving too hard to deliver, did Blair's "sofa government "actually make things worse?

Despite endless government initiatives, are we any better governed today?

With pertinent archive and candid interviews Dominic Sandbrook asks the key players and their critics what is going on."

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Britain was once regarded as the best-run in the world, but not any more.

Contemporary historian Dominic Sandbrook asks if we are now becoming a country that can no longer deliver; are we turning into Slapdash Britain?

Dominic turns his attention to how things could improve.

Can we go back to the old ways: a less presidential style of leadership, stronger advice from the Civil Service and greater parliamentary scrutiny? Or is it time for a radical re-think?

Should ministers be taken from a wider pool of talent? The Civil Service restructured? And at a local level are there less complicated, more customer-friendly ways of doing their business?

Dominic looks to the future with those who have been involved at the heart of government, like Blair's former Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell, top civil servant Michael Bichard, former CBI DG Digby Jones, businessman Gerry Robinson, commentator Harriet Sargeant and professor Anthony King.

They give their candid assessments.

He also visits the London Borough of Lewisham, where they are starting to put some radical ideas into practice.

Producer: Glynn Jones

A Jolt production for BBC Radio 4.

Dominic Sandbrook asks if Britain is becoming a country that can no longer deliver.

02 LASTWhatever Next?20100621

Britain was once regarded as the best-run in the world, but not any more.

Contemporary historian Dominic Sandbrook asks if we are now becoming a country that can no longer deliver; are we turning into Slapdash Britain?

Dominic turns his attention to how things could improve.

Can we go back to the old ways: a less presidential style of leadership, stronger advice from the Civil Service and greater parliamentary scrutiny? Or is it time for a radical re-think?

Should ministers be taken from a wider pool of talent? The Civil Service restructured? And at a local level are there less complicated, more customer-friendly ways of doing their business?

Dominic looks to the future with those who have been involved at the heart of government, like Blair's former Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell, top civil servant Michael Bichard, former CBI DG Digby Jones, businessman Gerry Robinson, commentator Harriet Sargeant and professor Anthony King.

They give their candid assessments.

He also visits the London Borough of Lewisham, where they are starting to put some radical ideas into practice.

Producer: Glynn Jones

A Jolt production for BBC Radio 4.

Dominic Sandbrook asks if Britain is becoming a country that can no longer deliver.

2 LASTWhatever Next?20100621