Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The First Cut's Meant To Be The Deepest

The press, ably abetted by the partisan left-wing hotbed that is the BBC, has been warning about 'pain' and 'irreparable damage to frontline services' (am I the only one to hate the phrase 'frontline'? What on earth does it mean? Are we living in a Bosnia-esque warzone, ducking beneath the stinging hornet-trails of bullets to dodge into our local A&E and have the odd foot or two reattached? No? I thought not). All because the Coalition is cutting away the rot directly and deliberately *created* by thirteen years of spectacular mismanagement, the kind of free-for-all spending spree more associated with Paris Hilton after a Ferragamo sighting or a drunken sailor on leave. The word 'gaffe' has been attributed by numerous newspapers to Danny Alexander, all because he happened to have open on his lap a document which was freely available on a governmental website to anyone who could be bothered to look. There have been screaming frenzies about the loss of half a million public sector jobs, despite the fact that civil service turnover is high and circa 400,000 people would have left or changed posts in the allotted timeframe. And Alan Johnson, who looks as though he would be more comfortable in an apron and a cap with a visor standing behind a counter and licking a pencil stub, has yet again trotted out the meaningless catch-all phrase 'unfair'. Unfair? It was kittenish.
There are a few unfair measures in the CSR. Firstly, it could have been much more comprehensive. The NHS can stand to lose several billion or so for providing the kinds of treatments that should be only available privately, including IVF on demand (particularly to those on benefits: if you can't afford children, don't get knocked up. Particularly at someone else's expense. Simples.), plastic surgery and sex changes. There are charities who will raise the money for the latter, which is a noble cause; I for one can't imagine anything worse than being born, literally, in the wrong body. But it is not a life or death situation. Nor is having a wee phobia about the length of your nose and charging Mr Taxpayer for having the offending milimetres lopped off. The NHS should not be sending out leaflets to teach children how to masturbate, how to open your bowel correctly in twelve languages, or employing toothbrush monitors. Or Diversity Officers.
So many jobs in the public sector make no sense, either in real or economic terms. Many public sector jobs contribute little to the economy, so they're expensive to create and expensive to maintain. Hiring someone to be useless and expensive is a little like maintaining a mistress: looks good and is the envy of your friends (or Parliamentary opposition, from whom you've snatched the vote of the deadweight), but is financially ruinous in the long run. So let's get shot of 'em. Quietly empty posts and don't bother to refill them. Make people work for their salaries, rather than throwing 25k at someone you elevate to Project Manager because they've been given a brief on where to buy the best stapler or inkjet cartridge.
My sneaking suspicion is that the Conservatives, once they've secured a landslide majority based on a CSR that had many of the Opposition scratching their heads and looking foolish, will give these and many other freeloaders the boot. People 'on the sick' who are healthy enough to whizz around on motorbikes, for example. Immigrants who rock up without jobs or expectations and expect handouts for themselves and offspring hundreds of miles away. Trade unions. Anyone who has 'multicultural' in their job title. When it comes down to it, today's CSR was positively anodyne; so anodyne that I could watch the cricket and the CSR simultaneously without losing the gist of either. And as ever Labour, the Party of the Opposition, was caught on the back foot without either a single comprehensive alternative or a word of apology for the damage they've done.

*This post is not by the erudite Travelgall, but Mara MacSeoinin. Who rants effusively in her own right.*


ian said...

But the sad thing is that the cuts have been made to frontline services and as much as you hate that word, you will start to see a decline in the services you currently enjoy.

Mara MacSeoinin said...

What services do you refer to? I don't really enjoy any public services (animus towards the phrase 'frontline' notwithstanding). I go to the doctor as rarely as possible, and only then when I'm suffering agonising pain: I've enough savvy to use my mother's wisdom and the Interweb for trifling ills. I don't as yet have children because I simply can't afford them (and am unmarried); when I do, intend to send them to public school and shall bear the brunt of the cost. I'm told that even though I've paid taxes and NI for the past 15 years I'm not entitled to 'benefits' whilst looking for work because I'm expected to depend on others. I find it pretty easy to be self-sufficient, and wish that others could have the same level of joie de vivre, which is impossible in a socialist state that is designed to foster dependency.

Anonymous said...

Yes, my dad had the same situation.

Been working and paying NI for 40 years, but he's been told he can't have benifits as he has savings.

Whilst someone who hasnt paid and has no savings get's paid the money.

But then i suppose we should be encouraging people to spend recklessly with no savings as mr bank man says it's good for the economy.

Myself i have been told that the treatment i need for my leg injury is available through private treatment only (which i can't afford these days).

But my partner and myself can get our 1 free IVF treatment, though they are trying to tell us the missis is to old (35), despite the fact that the only reason we didnt go for it earlier is because they mis-diagnosed her for over a year.

FYI i do actually agree with IVF not being on the NHS. But seeing as on multiple occasions my girl has had to go private for past treatments* and pays a buttload of tax for a shit service, gom daggit we should get something for our money.

*(on one occasion she had to have an operation on her face, and not because her nose was to long. The NHS doc said if she didnt want a whopping big scar, to go private and get decent treatment).

Did you know you get taxed more for getting private insurance. I like the "logic" of that. You reduce the burden on the NHS, so you get charged more.

So yea, i dont currently "enjoy" these frontline services, they are poorly managed, wastefull with their resources and full of people who have no respect for the public they are meant to serve.

Libertarian said...


If you are right ( Which wouldn't surprise me) then the management responsible should be sacked instantly as totally incompetent. Any half decent middle manager from a private firm could make cuts of 20% of budget with out harming service delivery. It happens all the time in the real world.

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