Who is Professor Dexter Whitfield?
May 9, 2011 6 Comments
The unions have been very critical of the whole ‘One Barnet’ process.
I have no issue with this and would expect them to be – I have never met a union that has liked change! But they have put all their eggs in one basket with their belief that whatever Professor Dexter Whitfield writes is gospel.
The unions have commissioned him to write several reports about what we’ve been doing, so I thought I’d do some digging to find out who this professor really is.
A quick search on Amazon highlights some of the books he has written.
New Labour’s Attack on Public Services (Socialist Renewal: Fifth Series)
The book’s synopsis says:
New Labour is creating markets in public services on an unprecedented scale …. It has gone well beyond even Tory expectations of the 1990s. Privatisation inevitably follows marketisation, eroding democratic accountability and embedding business interests. The impact will be far reaching.
So, we know he is Anti Tory, he does not like Blair and is against any form of privatisation. So can we say he writes all his pieces for the Barnet unions from an unbiased position?
You are told here: http://us.macmillan.com/author/dexterwhitfield
Dexter Whitfield founded the Centre for Public Services which has worked for nearly 30 years with public bodies, trade unions and community organisations developing strategies to improve public services and the welfare state. He has advised public bodies and trade unions in countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand and the US. He is the author of The Welfare State (Pluto Press).
And he is now the Director of the European Services Strategy Unit
It is from here he has been paid by the Barnet unions to write these reports.
But it is interesting that whatever he writes, he always comes to the same conclusion, that outsourcing is a bad idea, ignoring the savings that have been achieved. But would we expect him to write anything else?
So in conclusion, he appears to be an anti-outsourcing activist, so it is hard to understand how his reports can be described as an independent critique of our One Barnet process.
I would suggest to the Unions that they save their members’ hard earned money and spend it somewhere else!