Obsessives only need apply

29th September 2000 at 01:00
JOINED-UP Government is dead! The mantra of the early Blair years has been silenced. And why? Because ministers are apparently too busy.

Michael Barber, head of the Standards and Effectiveness Unit, made the shock announcement to stunned council officers on Tuesday. The challenge, it seems, is just too big.

"If you're going to deliver fast, you need to have people who are completel obsessed by their own priorities," he says. No wonder Mo Mowlam, chairing all those cross-departmental cabinet committees, has quit the Government.

But don't worry. There are people who can step into the breach. "What's needed is for people to join up at local level," says Michael. So heads, teachers and council officers are under no pressure to deliver quick results, then.

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