Thursday, February 21, 2008

To organise a piss-up in a brewery

In a country of 60 million Drs Crippen and Rant obviously think the UK National Health Service cannot.

Hey guys, you´ve got it good.

This country has had 13 democratic governments in 16 years.

So I cordially invite Drs Crippen and Rant to stage a coup d´etat, bring over the entire coterie of NHS management and run this country of 160,000.

There are two (!) biodiversity NGOs in this teeny-weeny country. Maybe a maximum of ten members each. I will call them x and y.

Two big international biodiversity NGOs (let us call them a and b) visited last month with ideas of grand projects with local partnerships involving local NGO x and local NGO y.

So international NGOs a and b, who I believe talk to each other sometimes, tell local NGOs x and y to talk to each other as well.

And we all (a & b, x & y) sit around the table, nod our heads and say ¨great, fine ... we´ll sign a protocol ... we´ll get to work¨.

a & b go their way. x & y are left here. x says y can´t do it without x but x is too busy to help y to execute the plans of a because it is executing the plans of b.

So last week x told y, at the very last moment ¨sorry we´re not available¨ to help you out with a´s project and y, not having much field experience really cannot do it without x.

Having been co-opted into y and getting increasingly pissed-off at x´s non-cooperation with y, I said to y ¨I´m not waiting for x any longer - let´s fucking go ... ¨ and so me and Alzira (y) grasped the bull by the horn and went ...

What did we do ?

Not much really - but a start. And without x, who says they have too much on in the coming weeks to help y, y has got to learn to stand on its own two feet.

So Drs Crippen and Rant maybe we don´t need all your NHS managers - sorry to disappoint you. Maybe we can do it by ourselves - I wonder.

But maybe we can do it without 160,000 bureaucrats in-between - we have enough bureaucrats per capita of our own.

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