Friday, February 18, 2011


To make cuts effectively, it is best to look at individual department, decide whether they are necessary, how they are performing and whether they could do their work cheaper – if indeed the function is necessary. What you don't do ... or shouldn’t do, is impose across-the-board cuts.

But, inevitably, this is the way it is done – so losing front-line staff in the NHS was inevitable, while Council bosses still get rich, at public expense.

Going to war on them, and then on the estimated 750,000 non-jobs, is a much better idea. But, despite the rhetoric and the good intentions, we still end up seeing the front line services and staff cut. And not long now, the Councils will putting their hands out for more. The sound of tumbrels grows louder.