The not-wife, my sister, her husband, a fair few of my friends and your truly are currently waiting with baited for a letter from that nice young Clegg and that equally nice young Cameron, inviting us all effectively play the game of Turkeys voting for Christmas...
Not content with proceeding headlong with a 25% cut in public spending (Health and International Development aside, although they will surely require substantial cuts if their budgets are frozen) which will mean many job losses in the public sector and a two year pay freeze (although the not-wife being a low earner will qualify for the enormous £250 a year pay rise – caviar and champers all round, or there would be if she were not a teetotal vegetarian!), the Condems are going to add insult to injury by asking us to help them screw the public sector by identifying savings for them.
According to the Telegraph Clegg and Cameron say
"We want you to help us find those savings, so we can cut public spending in a way that is fair and responsible.
"You work on the front line of public services. You know where things are working well, where the waste is, and where we can rethink things so that we get better services for less money."
Speaking on BBC Mr Clegg denied that this is simply a gimmick.
''We are going to do something with the views we get – everyone has a stake in this,'' he said ''We have an incredibly difficult task ahead of us as a country in the months and years ahead. That is to make sure that our great first-class public services are kept as world-beating public services. 'But that we make sure that money on a large scale is properly saved, that waste is cut out and money is only really used for the front line public services that we need.''
Government spending is to fall by 25%. That means there will be less money for schools, housing, transport, the military will inevitably be slashed, despite its commitments (if you crapped on about the last government failing to honour an non-existent compact watch what happens!), welfare will be skewered.. oh and hundreds of thousands of public servants will be thrown on the dole... Double dip recession anyone?
By writing to public servants they either have no clue how to achieve this objective or they hold a large section of the British public in utter contempt.
Unsurprisingly, Mark Serwotka, the General Secretary of PCS, the main civil service union describes the act as “breathtakingly arrogant and deceitful”
I don’t talk about my line of work on this blog and I won’t start now. I am fortunate to be in the top 10% of earners in the civil service although that is far more an indication of the low pay received by the vast majority of civil servants than to mark me down as one of those fat cats with a gold-plated pension that ignorant politicians and lazy newspaper hacks like to talk about at great length.
These cuts are going to hit those who can ill afford to be hit either a employees or consumers (many public servants are paid little more than the minimum wage).
As far as I am concerned Clegg and Cameron can fuck off and stick each and every copy of this disgraceful letter right up their arses
NB – for the benefit of any morons thinking that I am speaking in an official capacity, I can assure you that I am speaking as a private citizen.