It is instructive to take a look at the announcements made by government departments on business issues in the last week. In chronological order they are:
- Essential maintenance to online services
- UK Hydrographic Office receives Highly Commended STEM Inspiration Award
- Innovative firms capitalise on emerging technologies
- Five new business councils to advise the Prime Minister on post-Brexit opportunities
- AI company secures £29.5m investment for UK expansion
- New boost to showcase “best of British” creativity abroad
- Creating apps for travellers with disability: apply for contracts
- Financial investor banned for 11 years after abusing clients’ funds
- Artificial intelligence to help save lives at five new technology centres
- Jeremy Wright – Society of Editors speech
How to respond? There is much here to lend credence to the notion that government spins information fed to voters. For example, a response to each item listed above could be:
- Fair enough, we all have IT issues.
- Who received what?
- So, some of us are getting it right.
- Could we sit in on the meetings please?
- Good news.
- Is this elevated car seats for height challenged employees traveling to Europe?
- A worthwhile venture this…
- Disqualified, but no mention that clients are being repaid
- Why are AI workers at risk of losing their lives?
Putting aside the acerbic humour, we would like to suggest our top ten suggestions for government announcements next week. They are:
- Essential maintenance to HMRC’s systems
- Award offered to develop software so HMRC automatically allow tax reliefs without being asked to do so.
- Urgent need for bright young things to devise train scheduling that works
- All suggestions placed before government by the Office of Tax Simplification to be adopted
- Members of the UK cabinet agree to sing from the same hymn sheet
- Chancellor discovers missing item from the Autumn Statement
- HMRC backtracks on the use of the word “customer” to describe taxpayers after conflict with Oxford English dictionary is revealed
- Discredited financial investor placed in stocks and clients invited to attend
- Artificial intelligence to save lives (full stop)
- Framed copies of recent budget speech now available