In 2003 (yes that many years ago!) I wrote the following on my "In Your Face" site:
"...The jobs being created in the state sector are not “front line” jobs such as; nurses, doctors or teachers. They are newly invented bureaucratic creations; risk officers, empowerment managers etc. None of these positions actually “adds value” to the quality of life in the UK...
..The state, unlike the private sector which is not shielded from economic reality, is inherently wasteful. A report issued in the last few days highlighted the fact that the state sector wastes £70BN a year; that is the equivalent of over 10p in the rate of income tax! On a personal level I can attest to this waste; on applying for a senior position recently in the state I was sent by post an information pack exceeding 200 pages, no private sector employer would ever dream of being so wasteful.
It is a matter of great concern to me and should be to the citizens of the UK that the Chancellor, despite being an intelligent individual, appears to be possessed by the old socialist disease of political dogma; namely:
'State good, private bad'.
This disease is clearly deadening his ability to see that the current path that the UK is taking, in building up the state at the expense of the private sector, is in fact the 'road to nowhere'."
Somewhat prescient wouldn't you say?
Here we are in 2011, and the penny has finally dropped that all the extra money that Brown lavished on the public sector has been wasted.
Local authorities have taken on an extra 180,000 workers since 1997, with the total number not employed in traditional front-line roles now standing at almost 750,000.
Bob Neill, the local government minister, has said:
"Crazy non-jobs like cheerleading development officers and press officers tasked with spinning propaganda on bin collections provide no value to the public."
The number of people employed by local authorities in Britain stood at 2,728,000 in 1997 when Labour came to power. Last year the figure was 2,907,000.
Among the jobs that have been created by the boom in 'non-jobs' were a 'bouncy castle attendant' (£13K per year) at Angus council and a 'cheerleading development officer' in Falkirk.
The crusade by the coalition against non jobs is all very well, but why did they not start their crusade years ago?
It's not as though I didn't warn them is it?
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