Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bye bye mr sheikh

Who will retire with a fat pension. It is not the civil service who sets government policy. IT is HM Government. If the civil service doesn't like it they can resign. We are hearing that coercion is necessary for information gathering. It is not. Ask any marketing firm. It is my hope that many of the other obstructionist grit plants in the civil service will now also resign.The civil service is supposed to be neutral and implement the policies of HM Government. That is their job. The grits loaded the civil service with their partisans. It is now time to rid the civil service of these partisans and obstructionists. If they themselves resign, all the better.
The government should return stats can to being the Dominion Bureau of Statistics and rid the agency of other obstructionists and others who believe they are political operatives.


Honey Pot said...

No one in Canada cares that he took a hissy fit and retired. They just see it as cleaning the house of dubious liberal operatives. It is all good.

Anonymous said...

Yes Dr. This morning I was once again thinking about the hubris of the left, their idea that even being out of power that they should make all the decisions and call the shots. Of course that means that they don't like this idea of democracy or sharing of power do they? (real conservative)

Anonymous said...

Sheikh was appointed by the current government to change the direction of Stats as per the desire of this government. He seemed to be doing a reasonable job at this. Until, perhaps, this thing snowballed and Minister Clement likely misrepresented his advice.

Note, from what I gather, the approach with this replacement was to perform some heavy advertising in order to ensure response to the voluntary survey. With the meme being presented by Tony now along the lines of "these questions are intrusive and unnecessary", such advertising probably wouldn't work, and the rich, poor, aboriginals, young adults, etc wouldn't be fully represented. The adjustments that one can make involve adjusting it to something known. Surveys (such as the Labour Force Survey that gives us unemployment numbers) use the Census long-form to make sure that their sample is fully representative of Canadian society. What will this NHS use?

Also, this decision has a hefty monetary cost, which is an unusual stance to take. Is it OK to use taxpayer's money to gather data that will ultimately not be representative? Opinions obviously vary.

I think a better option would have been to have a review of the more objectionable or less useful questions and nix those rather than changing it altogether. Alternatively, making a plan for a more distant Census may have been better to allow time to make the appropriate adjustments. For instance, the Brits have 11 years to figure out how to link existing data to replace their Census, not 11 months.

tibi said...

I understand that 150,000 people did not respond to the "mandatory" long form last time, and nobody was prosecuted. So it appears it's voluntary already. Mr. Stats is acting like a drama queen.

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