One of the reasons for the impending age wars is the size of Britain's public sector. It's not just that it is enormous and will bankrupt us because of its pension obligations, but also that it's not very good value for money.
The public services are riddled with ‘bone idle people’ who have damaged the productivity of the state sector, a leading fire chief has claimed.[From Fire chief Tony McGuirk 's devastating verdict on bone idle public sector | Mail Online]
This is hardly a maverick perspective, and it is echoed in other areas of public life.
David Forster reportedly said the NHS employed "too many who are lazy, unproductive, obstinate, militant, aggressive at every turn".[From BBC News - NHS director disciplined over 'lazy staff' comments]
I'm afraid this is inevitable with nationalised industries that can't go bankrupt, whether French air-traffic control, Greek post offices or British health care. But what to do? Clearly we need a substantial reduction in the size of the public sector, but who has the backbone to take on the public sector unions? Well, I think I've found the man for the job. I'd always assumed that the ruling family in Cuba were deranged, and genuinely believed the socialism would work. But it turns out that they were merely deranged, and know that it can't.
As Raúl said: “We have to erase forever the notion that Cuba is the only country in the world in which people can live without working.”[From FT.com / Comment / Analysis - Man in the News: Raúl Castro]
Raul, who has clearly never been to the UK, is about to sack half a million public sector workers. I'd love to see him and Bob Crow go head to head, but in the meantime, perhaps we could ask for a correct international socialist position on Wayne and Waynetta's claim for increased public support.
A jobless couple today demanded a bigger council house for their family of six children... Unemployed Wayne and Jenna Sandercock say it is 'outrageous' that their local authority won’t give them a bigger home for their brood.[From Jobless couple demand bigger home for family of eight (and all their children are named after celebs) | Mail Online]
I say we have whip round and get them moved to a four bedroom house in Cuba.