- May 5, 2010
Common sence is obviously not in his vocabulary either.To be fair to Bormotello it's obvious that English is not his first language. That may explain his difficulties on this and other issues.
He actually thinks the regulator and central bank set themselves up and that his paymasters in FF had nothing to do with them. He also thinks that the Govenor of said central bank and the regulator appointed themselves.
If that is the case i.e. if anyone can appoint themselves, then I herby appoint myself Govenor of the Central Bank.
So you object to people making generalisations that the "the private sector caused this mess" yet you;re happy to make the riculous generalisation that all public sector workers are incompetent and lazy!Thats a very sweeping generalisation I'm fed up with that statement which I see frequently on this site "the private sector caused this mess", it was one section of it the bankers and who the hell was suppose to be regulating them and policing them? None other than the Public Sector who got paid off and massive pensions as a reward for their incompetence and laziness!
So tell me, who set-up the central bank and regulatory authority? Who put through the legislation? Who set the regulatory framework? Who appointed the central bank govenor and regulator? Did they set themselves up? Did they appoint themselves?
Lehihan has already held his hands up and said his givernment was to blame for the lack of regulation. So have two reports. Yet public servants get the blame once again. FF will be proud of you.
Changes/reforms are already being implemented, but if you think that these reforms can create significant savings when there have already been savage pay cuts and job losses in the public service you (and the Government) are living in clous cuckoo land. At best these reforms will lead to some efficiencies and cut waste and compensate somewhat for the cuts to enable services to be continued to be delivered.Now IF we had a Government in place that was prepared to take the tough decisions, one of the first of those initiatives should be to make a cut (wait.... hear me out) of say 30% to the pay of top CS/PS grades from Sec General down to Assistant Secretary, you know, the ones who were highly protected recently, and who are supposed to be MANAGING their departments.
Then, give them a 6 month time limit to implement clearly defined targets under CPA . If they achieve the necessary efficiencies and savings etc. they get the cut back as a bonus. There it is, their precious bonus. It just might concentrate their minds on actually doing their job under CPA.
I am a bit tongue in cheek here, because I know it will never happen, those mandarins are too powerful altogether. But a bit of creative thinking to get them to do what they are supposed to do.... manage, with an incentive along the above lines might wake them up from their Sir Humphrey stupor sometime soon.
The only way to make significant savings in the public sector is to implement root and branch reform, across the entire public sector. The Government must initiate and lead this (individual PS managers cannot for obvious reasons); however they refuse to do so. So CPA was a con, designed so that the public service workers will get the blame when significant savings are not made and the Government will once again be let off the hook.
The Governments real plan, I believe, is to totally demoralise the public service (hence the vicious propaganda campaign to vilify public servants and blame them for everything which is lapped up by the media and Joe Public) and this combined with the pay cuts (and those to come in 2012) to get public servants to leave in droves once the economy starts to recover.
Certainly I know many many public servants who are so sick of being labelled lazy, inefficient, incompenant and overpaid by the FF/Media spin machine that they can't wait to get out.
What do you mean?you seem a busy man John
glad you're working to that contract
Accepted. I've litte knowledge of medical matters so cannot comment on the over-reliance on antibiotics.My apologies. I have observed individuals failing to wash their hands after using the toilet in various public buildings. However, doctors' over-reliance on antibiotics provided a perfect breeding-ground for MRSA. Why are the hospital managers not holding these private sector cleaners to account for failing to do their jobs properly? Just for the record, I've no time for FF and I'm looking forward to the next election. Furthermore, ICTU's refusal to support the nurses in their campaign for better pay in 2007 proves that the idea of public sector worker solidarity is a myth.
As to why are the hospital managers not holding these private sector cleaners, I don't know. Maybe they are, maybe its not the cleaners. Maybe its the general public? Maybe its something else? We didn't seem to have these problems until relatively recently so maybe it the fault of Governemnt policy, years of mis-management and underfunding (and wasted funding)?