COLUMN: Rosemary of Westwell says ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’

Ely Standard columnist Rosemary Westwell,

Ely Standard columnist Rosemary Westwell, - Credit: Archant

‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ How many times have we heard that said? Yet not only have we suddenly been subjected to putting up with a lot of OUR hard-earned money being swallowed up by a new mayor, they are still trying to mess around with the fire and crime departments, trying to make them one. Has common sense gone out of the window?

In the olden days, when people knew what they were doing, it was one job for one person. Someone would start at the bottom of their trade and work their way up the ladder of promotion. This way we had managers who knew how to get their hands dirty if they needed to and they could DO the job and make good decisions because they knew what they were doing. Appointing top managers on huge salaries to take charge of areas they have little or no experience in is ridiculous.

Besides, how can merging two entirely different types of work be useful? If someone is flat out trying to do one job properly, it is no good suddenly asking them to do another different type of job at the same time. It would create nothing but chaos at OUR expense. I do not remember anyone at the ground level going on about merging these two departments. Very few people want it, so why do it?

How can they have time to even think of these strange ideas? If they are doing their job properly they would be concerning themselves with preventing more fires and crime. The number of criminals that seem to be getting away with it these days seems unbelievable. If these wannabe top managers spent time pounding the beat they may get to know some of the people they are supposed to be serving and may start to understand what really needs doing, which is not merging with another relatively unrelated service.

Why score GCSE’s?

Then, in the field of education, the government has decided to mess around with scoring GCSE’s. Why? The old system seemed good enough, why mess around with it? If a student is good at a subject, mediocre or no good at all it will not matter what score they are given. All employers will need are indications of the students’ abilities, not some new fangled, complicated way of scoring.

Also, the government wants to stop too many universities giving students a first in their degrees. If students do well in the exams and warrant a first, they should be given one. Fiddling about with the marks is absolutely nothing to do with education but everything to do with busybody no-alls who obviously know very little. Leave well alone, I say.