Thinking Out Of The Box?

The biggest casualty of the strong leader form of government is the process of “thinking” within the governmental delivery system. They take their cues from the political leadership, so when they have no cue, the institutions depart from all thinking and just revert to processing data. When the leaders of Councils can only process data, and not think “out of the box”, you have nothing but an accumulation of useless data…

So let’s take an important piece of recent news, Surrey County Council heavily cutting the budget on dealing with narcotics addictions. There are a lot of numbers bandied about in relation to the causes, the effects, and the consequences. One thing that is undeniable is that a large number of addicts won’t get the treatment require to beat their addictions. The exact number? Who knows… The relevance??? Very little…

What matters is what are we going to do about it? So, we know:
1- that there will be loads of people not getting the treatment they need
2-those people will probably seek to fill that need in socially unacceptable ways, which has a cost both directly and indirectly
3-their problems neither go away nor get better with age

The difficulty of course is that strong leader governments believe they are uniquely capable of dealing with the problems of drug addiction and most others.. And this certainly is not the case… Are there groups/charities/churches out there that can and do do a much better job than the government? Of course, and what are we doing about it? That’s right, next to nothing… And why?

1-local strong leader governments really deeply believe they can fix any and all the problems if they just have enough money
2-success is never measured by quality of service delivered, only by adherence to budgets and the “rules”
3-there is no concern for the wider consequences or implications of decisions made

Tell your Councillors you want something done here…

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