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一个公务员的日记

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自从大选以来政府一名高级顾问一直记笔记——作者希望匿名。
A senior government adviser has been keeping a diary since the general election – the writer wishes to remain anonymous.
打从新部长们进入此门以来,时间仅仅过去五周。公务员们依然处在超负荷工作状态,忙着用崭新的常态给新政府覆盖一层白漆外表。但是上周情况有了变化。
It has been only five weeks since the new ministers walked through the door. The civil service is still in overdrive, coating the new government with the shiny white gloss of normality. But something changed last week.
起初,部长们与官僚没有摩擦,这是新政治的一大亮点。有人说联合政府的搭档关系限制了彼此间的有价值的愤怒与怀疑,这是以前的政府没有给公务员留下的,相反,公务员们使人宽心,成为可信赖的搭档。
At first the absence of friction between ministers and bureaucrats was a highlight of the new politics. Some said the coalition partners were directing valuable anger and suspicion at each other they had none left for the civil servants, who were by contrast soothing and trusted partners.
头两周使人兴奋的花言巧语让我们忙个不休。人们希望着新思想和大量创造性思维不断涌现。新政府在仔细检查每项事情,寻找更好的解决办法。不良的计划遭废弃,新的评审工作开始,新的咨询发起,然后得出数据——多的让人不知如何处理。数据发表出来显示公开与透明。但这是容易做的部分,因为不良作为是别人所为。当数据让新政府难堪之时会发生什么情况?
The heady rhetoric of the first two weeks carried us all along. There was hope of new ideas and plenty of creative thinking. The government was examining everything, looking to see how things could be done better. Bad schemes were scrapped, new reviews were started and fresh inquiries launched. Then came the data - more than anyone knows what to do with. Published to show openness and transparency. But this is the easy bit, as the bad stuff is someone else's fault. What will happen when the data becomes embarrassing for this government?
接下来发生的是消砍,——给人的感觉是整个国家由一个审计公司经营,他们手握一柄钝刀,一番狂砍。天天开会研究我们能再砍些什么,谈论我们如何实施砍削计划,召开一个又一个的培训会探讨砍削之后如何展开工作。所有新气象冻结。
Then came the cuts. It feels like the country is being run by a firm of auditors hacking away with a blunt machete. We are cutting everything we can cut. Having meetings about what more we can cut. Talking about how we will implement the cuts. Holding seminars about how we will work after the cuts. All new things are frozen.
究竟政府如何用不同的方式进行工作,没有一个战略,没有大的想法。管理人员麻木不仁、被各种事务淹没。对马上要发生的事情的规模他们无力应付。按理,过去有太多的浪费,做事也不够明智,但是钱还是真正用于服务、帮助和治疗人民的痛苦。现在他们打算后退,这样做将会永远改变我们社会。对于公务员来说,日子艰难,情感没有宣泄的机会,担忧没有说出的场合。建议可以提,可是落得置之不理的结果。最为重要的是,我们期待重大新政策的出台,我们活着的目的,是使整台国家机器一旦按键启动就运转起来。然而,局面似乎只是部长们在等待事情发生。
There is no strategy for how we will do government differently, an absence of big ideas. Our managers are numb and overwhelmed. They can't cope with the scale of what is about to come. Arguably, there had been too much waste and not enough wisdom, but the real money is in the services that help and heal people. They are going to shrink, and that will change our society for ever. This is hard stuff for public servants. We have no outlet for our feelings and no voice for our fears. We can advise and that advice can be ignored. Above all, we are waiting for the big new policies. This is what we live for. To make the machine work once the buttons have been pushed. Instead, it seems the ministers are simply waiting for something to happen.
我们以小事自娱自乐:当部长们认识到他们攻击的政策实际上很好,脸上显现的尴尬表情;部长们步出白厅却看不到自己车辆时生气的面孔;国际发展部部长挪空办公室的非洲艺术作品,用一张马吉的肖像画与一面巨大的联合旗帜取而代之等等事情。自由民主党的部长们努力解决他们从未梦想到过的严峻现实,结果却充满了痛苦的折中妥协,而保守党的部长们悠闲自在、轻松自如。他们不怕谁,也没有什么事情需要证明。然后他们回家。
We amuse ourselves with the little things: the ministers' faces when they realise the policies they attacked were actually quite good their bewildered faces as they walk along Whitehall without their ministerial cars the minister at International Development who emptied his office of African art and replaced it with a portrait of Maggie and a giant union flag. The Liberal Democrat ministers grappling with a reality beyond their wildest dreams, but full of painful compromises and the Conservative ministers, who are very relaxed. They fear no one and have nothing to prove. They are back home.
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2010-10-26 22:26 编辑:kuaileyingyu
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