Britain’s elites need to own up to their failures

Source: spiked
by James Woudhuysen

“Public-sector leaders today constantly refuse to take responsibility, either for their own failures or for failures that occur on their watch. Sir Philip Barton is still permanent-under secretary at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, despite staying on holiday for 11 days during Britain’s botched evacuation of Afghanistan in August 2021. More recently, the chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Simon Byrne, took four weeks to step down, after a data leak put the lives of hundreds of policemen working with MI5 at risk. And managers at the Countess of Chester hospital, who were in place during neonatal nurse Lucy Letby’s killing spree, have refused to take any responsibility at all.” (09/05/23)