Wednesday, 20 October 2010


I wish that I could stop myself from banging on about things that I know f... all about, but I guess that I'm entitled to my own opinion so here goes.

Today's Spending Review.

What I would like to see is:-

The end of Department Budgets with their "use it or lose" mentality. Departments inflate their budgets in case it's needed and then proceed to spend like a drunk at happy hour to stop it being reduced next year due to over budgeting this year, creating a huge spiral of waste.

Stop the public sector early retirement age of 50 along with the one off massive lump sum payment and a pension that is inflation proofed. Which, I might add, is being paid for by the good citizens of this Country who will eventually see their pensionable age raised to 68.

Tighter regulations in public sector sick pay which is way higher than in the private sector.

The sacking of public sector procurement numpties that lock us into ridiculously over priced and ineffective contracts. In fact I think they should be charged with treason and locked up in the Tower of London.

In a word - waste. It is the root of all evil.


DogLover said...

I don't think many people in the public service have a retirement age of 50. Some do. Would we want soldiers to go on beyond that age? And policemen? I know Dixon of Dock Green was about 80 when he retired, but by then he was looking a touch arthritic, wasn't he, poor chap.

Eva Gallant said...

I agree with your thoughts and would love to see them applied in the USA!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

I agree with most of what you say RAC but I'm not sure which is the root of all evil - waste or greed! A

Retiredandcrazy said...

I'm sorry to have to tell you that you are out of touch DogLover. Early retirement is not a thing of the past. And I certainly would not allow soldiers or policemen to retire early. They have a wealth of experience and we desperately need that right now.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Some of the people in my office say that I should be Prime Minister Eve, but I think they are just sucking up to me!

Retiredandcrazy said...

I agree Anne.

RNSANE said...

I retired, unwillingly, at 64-1/2, because I lost my job in budget cuts. I wish, so much, I was still working. Here, firefighters and police retire with about 90% of their salary. Nurses, of course, do not.

Jay said...

I'm with you, my friend - especially on the department 'use it or lose it' budgets. Those are just insane, and I couldn't believe my ears when I first heard about it (when I was working in a school).

There are riots in France, I'm told, because they plan to increase the retirement age to 62. Hmm. Maybe we could learn something from our cross-channel cousins?