Jack of All Trades, Master of None

  oresome 14:38 31 Jan 2018

Following on from the collapse of Carillion, another Government contractor is in trouble.

Capita has contracts that include running London’s congestion charge scheme, tagging prisoners, operating the jobseeker’s allowance helpline and administering the teachers’ pension scheme. It also manages the licence fee for the BBC. The group has debts of about £1.15bn and employs about 50,000 people in the UK.

Capita’s new boss gave a damning assessment of the company. He said it had become “too complex” and lacking in discipline.


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  Forum Editor 16:13 31 Jan 2018

Diversification can be a mixed blessing, especially when management experience and skills can't keep pace with it.

When I left university, my father told me that I would have a better life if I concentrated on doing one or two things very well, rather than trying to be all things to all people.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:32 31 Jan 2018

There is a difference between a General Handyman and a Master Craftsman but the words Eggs and Baskets also spring to mind.

The company I used to work for has been driven to the brink because there are too few people trying to do too many jobs.

  Cymro. 11:27 01 Feb 2018

Fruit Bat The company I used to work for has been driven to the brink because there are too few people trying to do too many jobs.

I suppose that's capitalism again isn't it. Always trying to squeeze the last drop out of everyone and everything. Yes I know it works fine for some but certainly not for all of us.

  Govan1x 11:50 01 Feb 2018

You can see the connection between them and Carillion. The Government.

It is not like Carillion the Government says there is no chance this will end up the same way.

I think the to many eggs in the one basket applies to Both company's and of course the Government which hands out all of the contracts.

So I do think the Government has to be Questioned on what they are doing wrong and why both company's overloaded with Government contracts are or were in this position.

The government is supposed to check out large contractors to see that they are being run properly and are financially viable . All I can say is they don't seem to be making a good job of it.

Bad Management does not help but you have to ask are those Firms getting to many contracts from the Government and should the government now stop handing out to many contracts to the same firms.

The questions are no doubt being asked just a matter of waiting for the comments back from the Government.

  john bunyan 13:29 01 Feb 2018

I suppose that's capitalism again isn't it.

The alternative is Venezuela or Cuba - great alternatives?

  Cymro. 16:50 01 Feb 2018

**john bunyan I suppose that's capitalism again isn't it. The alternative is Venezuela or Cuba - great alternatives?**

You aren't comparing like with like John. Such countries have never had a free nand to run their affairs as they wish. With big brother USA so close at hand watching every move they make and putting a spanner in the works whenever things aren't going the way the U.S. wishes.

At least these countries are trying to improve the lot of their people. Cuba has had some success with it's health system and their are many in the old Soviet Union who would be only too glad to return to the days when they had state pensions that were better than what they have today.

Anyway my post did not suggest any alternative and was just suggesting that capitalism is not the whole answer. Perhaps we will one day find a better way of doing things not that I expect to see that day but come it will.

  john bunyan 17:23 01 Feb 2018


A couple of WCS quotes

Winston Churchill once said, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

Winston Churchill’s famous remark that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time”.

  alanrwood 19:16 01 Feb 2018

So what. Was WSC the fount of all knowledge. He was a right winger and obviously had no time for left wing leaning policies. So what do you expect him to say.

  john bunyan 19:46 01 Feb 2018

I still await for an example of a successful true socialist state. It is a great theory, is Marxism or Socialism, but unfortunately it seems to offer a reduction in "human rights" as in China, or dictatorship as in the old USSR. The comment on democracy is repeated many times by many sources in academic literature. I do not, by the way, support any party, and think there is a place for capitalism and limited state ownership. The problem with too much of it is that it is sometimes very inefficient, and there is a limit on just how big the "state" is as it, as a rule, relies on taxation to fund it, so if the percentage is too high there is not enough tax to go around.

  Govan1x 09:56 06 Feb 2018

Stockmarkets have a bad day today, Capita share value dropped another 6-7 points on the stock exchange this morning. But all shares are having it bad.

Ftse is down 139 points today so far and has been dropping quite steadily for the last 2 weeks.

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