Category Archives: Public Service

Tickety Boo?

As the RMT gears up for industrial action, Boris Johnson speaks of modernising and improving London Underground, stating that “fewer than 3% of tube journeys start at a ticket office” as justification for their closure. That is undoubtedly true, of … Continue reading

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Dousing the Flames of Dissent

The streets of London burned during the riots of 2011, so the decision by Tory mayor Boris Johnson to close ten of the capital’s fire stations and then propose to invest in water cannons in the same week seems perverse … Continue reading

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Keeping Tags on Outsourcing

So it seems that outsourced security services are set to be investigated by the Serious Fraud Office for overcharging the government (read “robbing the taxpayer”) of tens of millions of pounds for tagging criminals. It rather looks as though the … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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