December 7th, 2009


Spreading it around

"Gordon Brown has said overpaid public sector workers will be "named and shamed" in efforts to deliver more value for money in public services."

I cannot help but feel that, if you have been in power for over 12 years, most of those people will have obtained those jobs under your government. So what Mr Brown is essentially saying is "Look at all these people we gave massive pay rises to!" This is much like when the chairman of an ailing football club points the finger at the highest earning player and says: "Do you have any idea how much I pay him?" Well, not exactly. But you should know for certain. Because it was you that offered him the bloody contract.

This might be a bit of a winning tactic if you'd spent years in opposition, but as it is, it just seems like desperate finger pointing. It is not unlike a bullied child pointing at the kid in the playground that smells of mould, hoping his persecutors will shift their focus.

I know full well that Whitehall does not actually handle the contracts of all civil servants, but it seems a little disingenuous to pipe up all of a sudden and say "Have you seen what these people are taking us for?"