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I'm not. I'm at a cider festival.
but was unwell and was told by the GP to stay in.
Their biscuits are delicious, and a ban would be totally out of order.
Was gonna come in here and call you a twat.
Life's too short to spend it placard carrying.
programme that the Tories inevitably had to do. I've worked in The NHS for nearly 15 years. The waste due to sheer incompetence is staggering. Cuts are inevitable. I can understood the anti-war, student fees marches but yesterdays was pointless. I agree with the above comment to an extent. Some people went on strike last November against pension cuts at my place of work. The day actually went better as they're useless at their jobs and hence made my day far easier. The self appointed halo that some of my fellow public sector workers give themselves irritates me. Shop workers at Tesco, MacDonalds etc. have it far harder and are probably paid less and have fewer employment rights than an equivalent skilled NHS job in my personal opinion.
Sorry for the typo error.
Whether or not cuts are inevitable, it's pretty hard to deny that this Government is engaged in a politically motivated downsizing of the state.
I've worked in the NHS, local government etc. and I do agree that there is a lot of waste but, at the same time, I think one of the big problems is constant fluctuations in the amount of money available for strategic reasons and an absence of long-term planning.
Certainly the problems with the cuts where I worked weren't so much the fact they existed but the random spuriousness and speed of them - e.g. saying to every council 'cut x% amount of your budget by next March' rather than actually looking at how each council was spending money and working out who could genuinely be making savings and who was actually delivering a lot for the money they were spending.
If the government actually decided to seriously look at how public money was being spent, identifying where waste was and - over a period of time - make sufficient changes to things to avoid that waste occurring I'd be on side with that (and certainly I felt really sorry for Miliband getting booed yesterday for saying that he would still have to make cuts, which is a simple fact). But the problem is they've basically made spurious snap decisions on what needs to be cut from where, made big and costly decisions on major changes to health and education that seem to be are more in ideology than genuine research of how to make things better and my suspicion from what I've personally seen is that very little is being done to ensure public sector bodies reduce/eliminate waste so, rather than improved efficiency and waste reduction. the same % of the total budget is being squandered but there's a lot less left to pass onto the public.
Essentially what public services badly need, which was as true under Labour as it was under the Conservatives, is a genuine, non-political and independent review of how their functions and the value they get from their budget which is done in a way that gets support from all sides so whoever is in power will implement the changes to improve efficiency without cutting for the sake of it. Obviously there are political, practical and cost reasons why that isn't actually likely to ever happen.
Labour really should have had a proper look into the entire public sector when we had the good old days. They messed up and messed up badly. The Tories are now making a bad situation worse. My experience of wastage in the NHS is staggering as is the amount of money NHS workers can expect as a pension if they're in the old scheme.
is all the money they invested was absorbed by a massive pay rise for senior doctors?
where different jobs were "banded". For example, an IT person maybe banding in the same pay scale as a lab scientist. For doing absolutely nothing I was banded up to the tune of £5K a year. So were the many thousands of those in the same job as me nationwide. Very very few jobs were banded lower. This is where a lot of the money went. I sound like the guy who'd kill the goose that lays the golden egg but my job profession definitely didn't deserved this "pay rise". I'm certainly not going to write a cheque back to the treasury but so much money was "wasted" in the banding restructure.
I'll add that, as ever, the nuances of yesterday's march haven't really been reported. I've got some issues with 'A Future That Works' as a slogan, but I know of people/blocs marching to make a valid point about Workfare, workers' rights, the fact that the groups BMS1 mentioned have great difficulty forming and joining unions, and similar issues. Obviously the media have gone for the broad sweep though, can't really blame them.
of course, if there's as much waste in the public sector as the government and its sympathisers tend to claim, it makes you wonder why they're still having to take the axe to so many frontline services and jobs rather than just, er, cutting the waste they keep going on about.
the snp have managed to fund personal care for the elderly, tuition fee and prescription fee policies etc due to savings. over 1000 new frontline police, too. plans are in place for more efficient administration of the stamp duty and landfill faxes when responsibility for those is transferred from westminster to holyrood. council tax in scotland (which had risen by loads under labour) has been frozen for the last four or so years now and councils have been required to find savings accordingly (yeah, there will have been some cuts, but there have been gradual efficiency savings, too, because of decisive but fair early action). no new pfi contracts, either (a labour approach which has ended up costing massive amounts in the long term).
john swinney has balanced the books for the last six years. the only other finance minister to do that in the western world is the norwegian one.
cameron and osborne are cutting mercilessly out of ideology. miliband and balls (and lamont up here) are proposing largely the same because they're cut from the same cloth, and lack the cottage of conviction to rock the boat, lest the red-blue see-saw doesn't quite rock back far enough in their direction. /rant
until kik derailed it by talking about placards.
have 'no cuts' signs with a red line through it. So you want cuts?