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Imagine a company department that works the following way:

  • There is no external salary control - the department decides how much everyone should be paid and gives itself major raises at regular intervals
  • If the department does not like the tax that they have to pay, they change the rules so they don't have to pay any
  • The expense budget is uncontrolled and they can claim for anything they like 
  • If anyone complains they point you at an obscure piece of legislation from the 1600s and say that their department conforms to that
For those of you don't live in the UK, this is how our Government has been run for many years, and is now the subject of a major scandal. I've just watched Tiger on the TV admit that he thought he was beyond the controls that other mere mortals have to abide by. So the next time someone comes and asks you whether your systems are compliant, please don't raise your eyebrows and think they are wasting their time - this stuff is vital. 

Health and Safety, on the other hand, in this country appears to be controlled by a bunch of morons and has unfortunately become a laughing stock. Petty controls are put in place - e.g. you must not run during a race as you might slip!!! - with the result that everyone thinks the whole thing is a waste of time and money.

So what is needed is a sensible set of rules, enforced via a sensible set of controls. That's why I've always liked the combination of ITIL and CobIT. ITIL giving me best practice ideas of what I should be doing and CobIT to check that I'm doing it right/sensibly. Now where do I find the same thing for Governments and Health and Safety? 

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