Modernising Public Services

It is interesting that home secretary Theresa May has seen fit to “modernise” the police service by cutting the starting salary for what is a highly demanding and increasingly very dangerous job by 17%. Perhaps my memory is failing me, but I seem to recall that Mrs May is a part of the same government which only the other week was proposing to “modernise” MPs pay by imposing a 32% pay rise upon them (because, they claim, they could earn far more in the private sector).

Not only do MPs never really face any kind of danger beyond having their expenses investigated, some of them appear to be merely lowering themselves to taking the Queen’s shilling while they set themselves up with cushy private sector positions: those directorships, consultancy roles and so forth which they somehow manage to perform in parallel to their government posts, often somehow even generating government contracts for them, before they eventually move across to take on a more active role when they decide that they want to spend more time with their family.

Since the rest of us are being told that we will probably now have to work more years for less money, followed by a smaller pension at the end of it, one wonders when closing corporate tax loopholes might become such a pressing piece of “modernisation” as the pay freezes and pension raids which are regularly conducted upon those public sector workers who have chosen to take on a life of lower-paid public service as a duty or even an honour, rather than the gap-year dalliance that certain MPs seem to regard their time in government as.


About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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1 Response to Modernising Public Services

  1. MindMindful says:

    It’s like that in the U.S. too — maybe it’s always been this way, I don’t know. But it seems that increasingly people go into public service in order to make buckets of money in the business/corporate sector, much of it from selling their access to the government they just left. It certainly needs to be called something other than ‘public SERVICE’, eh?

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