amanfromMars 1 Sat 25 Jul 09:52 [2007250952] …….. stating the bleeding obvious on https://forums.theregister.com/forum/1/2020/07/24/cabinet_office_ukgov_data/

If you can’t beat them, join them. A common sense approach/novel retort.

Are Boris and Dom taking a leaf out of the Putin workshop manual to get things moving on apace? …….

The Russian decision-making apparatus is concentrated on Putin and a small group of trusted and secretive advisers (many of whom share Putin’s background in the RIS). The limited number of individuals who are ‘in the know’ makes decision-making hard to understand, compared with systems where power and influence are dispersed among a great number of political players. Moreover, the President can make swift decisions that even his inner circle are not aware of – further complicating any ability to understand or predict Russian government intent.

This centralised decision-making allows the Russian government to carry out decisions at speed. Putin’s inner circle appear to be willing and able to make and enact major decisions (for example, on the deployment of troops) within days, and they retain tight command and control over the whole government infrastructure – which can be put in the service of Russia’s foreign policy goals at a moment’s notice. It is difficult for the UK’s democratic and consensus-based structures to match this pace. ……  ISC Russia Report


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