"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

What Year Is It?

Reading the papers today it almost seems as if the past thirty years haven't existed. Certainly the Unions don't seem to have noticed the passing of time if reports of muscle-flexing are true:

Public sector Unions are apparently building up a £25m fighting fund in order to "unleash hell" on a Conservative government, many senior Union figures are being parachuted into safe seats in time for the GE and the CWU has secured an unprecedented deal for its members as Royal Mail backs down.

When will they get it into their heads that it isn't a government they're fighting, it's Jo Public - the man who doesn't get his letters delivered, who doesn't have his rubbish collected, whose travel to work is disrupted.  In the immortal words of a great political philosopher: Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough.  It's time to put these blackmailing dinosaurs out of their misery and finish the job Thatcher started.  The government makes a lot out of Ashcroft's role in the Conservative Party but is unwilling to even discuss its own relationship with the Unions.

The Times has an excellent article by Simon Wolffson, CEO of Next, about the enormous cost of a "hyperactive, interventionist and regulatory government".
"We must tackle the most important problem of all head-on: why is the public sector underperforming? A large chunk of our economy still resembles more closely the Britain of the 1970s than Britain 2010: a lost world of strikes, absenteeism, falling productivity and low morale.
It’s time to confront directly the underlying causes of poor public sector performance: the lack of a link between performance, pay and promotion; national pay bargaining; over-powerful trade unions; costly and distracting secondary objectives and absurd processes for recruitment and dismissal that make it almost impossible to root out weak performers and raise productivity."

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