Today I learn that the government is intending to stick to its plans to keep public sector wage increases below the current rate of inflation. This is a necessary if unpleasant task, given the massive over recrutiment into the public sector in the administrative, political, media related and management echelons. At least MPs got that one right, voting ourselves a well below inflation increase in pay.
Now Parliament has to sort out the expenses mess. I am glad David Cameron today is proposing no money to furnish a second home – the true end of the John Lewis list. Labour wants to move from John Lewis list to a National Audit Office judgement – will they need an MFI list or the equivalent? How different would that be from the current John Lewis items and prices?
Gordon Brown needs to put much more discipline into public sector costs. We are awash with too many MPs, MSPs, Assembly members, Regional assembly members, Councillors, spin doctors, private office staff, Ministers, senior officials, management consultants working for the public sector, qunago chiefs, CEOs and deputy CEOs in local government and the rest.
While he is about his pay squeeze, why doesn’t he at the same time introduce natural wastage to start getting the numebrs down. And how about just scrapping all that ghastly English regional government? I have just received another couple of picture brochures from the South east regional assembly which reminded me what a complete waste of money it is.