Down the Procurement Pub with Politics, Football, Ms Bailie, and Rolo Tomassi

Another picture from our recent pub debate ... James Marland and Martine Booth from SAP Ariba, in the very pleasant private room we used at the Clarence pub in Whitehall.  James chaired expertly, and Martine proposed the winning motion.

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So on Monday my colleague Nancy Clinton asked me - are you going to write something about David Davis and Brexit? Well, I said, I probably should, but what? Then of course Boris went … The whole Brexit thing has been (and is) a shambles and I'm sure if many Brexiteers had realised what lay ahead, and the political incompetence that is being demonstrated, they would not have voted as they did.  I say that by the way as a neutral who forgot to register for a postal vote and was genuinely undecided. Anyway it seemed to me that the best idea was, if we had won the semi-final, we could do a deal with France and agree that if they let us win on Sunday then we would just forget all about Brexit? Seemed like a good idea but Croatia messed that up.

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On a political note, I do have a sneaky admiration for President Trump on one point at least. Why should Germany spend less on defence, much less, at 1.2% of GDP, than the UK (2%) let alone the US (around 3.5%) and yet expect the US to provide “protection” for Europe against Russia? And I hadn’t picked up on quite the level of dependence Germany has on Russian energy, or the fact that the ex-chancellor Schroeder has allegedly made a fortune out of links with Russian energy. Being on the same side of an argument as the President is an odd feeling.

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Closer to home, congratulations to Preeya Bailie who was recently appointed Chief Procurement Officer for NHS Improvement. That body has a role across the whole health service, but it is not clear yet whether she will really get involved with procurement strategy or improvement across the whole complex NHS system or whether it will end up being more internally focused. She has a good and relevant background (councils, health trusts) although this looks like quite a big step up for her. We thought one of the big-hitter CPOs from a leading hospital trust might be appointed, but we’re told the package offered wasn’t enough to tempt them away from their roles. Good luck and success to Bailie anyway!

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Back to politics – sorry, but it is that or football this week!  Boris Johnson is bright and amusing but I do not forgive him for the events around the London Garden Bridge. He cost the public purse millions and showed total disregard for proper processes, including procurement. Most disgracefully, he then used his appearance in front of the Greater London Authority oversight committee in March to have a go at Will Hurst, the journalist who exposed much of what happened, and the Architect’s Journal in which the story was published.

The former London Mayor said: “The allegations of corruption and the insinuations have been really quite horrendous, and they have been connived at in a journal, the Architects’ Journal, which has published a stream of abuse of these individuals. As I understand it is motivated… by a dislike that the Architects’ Journal has, or the journalists concerned have, for Thomas Heatherwick, who is not conceived of as being a proper architect and is therefore somehow worthy of abuse.”  It was a ridiculous claim (see Hurst’s response here), and the whole Garden Bridge affair, alongside other events in his past, should make it impossible for anyone to imagine Johnson being Prime Minister. __________________

Half way through the year, and website Metacritic's leading album based on curating multiple reviews is Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It from a Sheffield "prog hardcore" band called Rolo Tomassi, who do both tuneful and VERY loud / heavy too. Don't be fooled and buy the album on the basis of this rather lovely track - check the whole thing out first! Their singer can sing very sweetly but she can also sound scarier than Ozzie Osbourne..

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  1. Sam Unkim:

    @ NHS Buyer

    You haven’t actually posted up your views

    1. NHS Buyer:

      This was my view:-
      “This isn’t an internal (NHSI) role but is fundamental to the success of all procurement across the entire NHS provider market – and its £30bn pa spend. NSHI is also the commissioner of SCCL – it governs what Sahota and his team do.”
      What’s your’s?

  2. NHS Buyer:

    “Preeya Bailie who was recently appointed Chief Procurement Officer for NHS Improvement….it is not clear yet whether she will really get involved with procurement strategy or improvement across the whole complex NHS system or whether it will end up being more internally focused.”
    This isn’t an internal (NHSI) role but is fundamental to the success of all procurement across the entire NHS provider market – and its £30bn pa spend. NSHI is also the commissioner of SCCL – it governs what Sahota and his team do.
    Let’s see if colleagues even bother posting up their views.

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