Omnishambles in general, a phrase coined for New Labour but used effectively against the Coalition. David Davis on ConHome this morning gives us a very good explication of why we appear to have an omnishambles - relating to Steve Hilton's California dreaming ("Did he actually think Yes Minister was fiction?" The Week). Although we know that most politicians have struggled with the Civil Servants Davis adds meat to the bones: "There was, throughout the Blair years, a serious corrosion of the standards of the Civil Service. It started with the now infamous Order in Council, allowing political appointees, in the form of Alistair Campbell and Jonathan Powell, to give orders to civil servants."... ..."So the problem has got worse, to the point that the reality has overtaken the “Yes, Minister” caricature. The comedy has become the training film." And finishes with a sucker punch for David Cameron:
"But what Mr Hilton needs to remember is that either car [great/good government machine] will get you to your destination, so long as the driver knows where he is going."Ouch!