About meApril 2, 2012
My name is Wendy Bradley. Until last Friday, I was a Civil Servant in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. I’m now a retired Civil Servant and full time writer. I’m working on a thousand page fantasy novel which doesn’t as yet have an actual title but whose working title is “Game of Thrones: With Cowboys!” It may take me a while. Watch this space.
In the meantime, I thought I might also blog about some of the stuff that you can’t write about when you’re a Civil Servant, for example “Just How Stupid is… (insert whatever government innovation is the current flavour of the month) exactly.” My particular interest is in regulations: the idea that all regulations are bad and can be categorised as Red Tape (which is, of course, “strangling business”). Five minutes browsing the comments at the government’s own “Red Tape Challenge” website will disabuse most of us of that notion.
But the government has put mechanisms in place to make sure it doesn’t make BAD regulations. No, honestly. There has to be consultation according to the government Code of Practice and consultation is usually accompanied by some sort of assessment of the impacts of the change.
So that’s my focus. With mechanisms to regulate the making of regulation, how could anything possibly go wrong?