Joe Tibbetts is the founder and CEO of CLGdotTV. He hosts Working Lunch and chairs AnswerTime the CLGdotTV panel show. Joe chairs conferences and advises public and private sector organisations on how to get heard.@Joe_Tibbetts
Andrew Greenway tells Joe Tibbetts why Brexit may provide a crisis useful in restructuring Whitehall as well as Westminster
Greenway studied PPE at Oxford. Oxford graduates in philosophy, politics and economics often end up in Westminster, Whitehall or the media. Studying three different subjects in three years, however, gives little opportunity to become expert or even well-versed in any subject. It does however train you how to bluff your way in the corridors of power.
As a skilled bluffer Greenway left university and became a management consultant. Within two years he had joined the Civil Service never having having had a proper job. Six years later having paid brief visits to five different and largely unrelated Whitehall departments he became a "senior civil servant". He left Whitehall in 2014 and now works as a partner in Public Digital advising governments and large organisations around the world on insitutional reform.
Now Greenway has written a book together with James Ball (PPE at Oxford now a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist) It's high time that government by bluffers came to an end they say. And Greenway, giving a credible impression of someone who knows what he is talking about, says Brexit which will either be a crisis or feel so much like one that few will be able to tell the difference, presents the perfect opportunity to usher in a new era, an era where politicians and bureaucrats are valued for knowing what they are talking about rather than the panache with which they bluff.
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