Archive for public services

More Capitalism, my arse

Posted in Independent, Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 21, 2013 by wagstaffe

Ian Birrell, what planet are you on(voices, 20/02). Why on earth would anyone want to be in our position. Your front page on the same day forecasts a period of darkness (“Energy dark age”) in the not too distant future. We have an ageing population with more and more pensioners being seen as economic liabilities. We are constantly cutting back and selling off public land and buildings. The NHS is being dismantled and farmed off and will eventually be paralysed with the debt of the PFI deals. Energy shortages, pension liabilities and failing health services, all ticking time bombs, whilst are leaders take time out for a spat over a royal.
Capitalism is inherently corrupt, no one asks where you got your money from. The sooner more people wake up and smell the coffee the better. 
I hope these “flourishing” nations learn from us and do things differently.
Ps. Can he point me in the direction of my prosperity and well being I should be experiencing by now or was he referring to the 1%


Any one for free public transport

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 20, 2013 by wagstaffe

In the UK we spend £6 billion on subsidies to the train and bus companies. If we add 1p on income tax we could raise a further £5 billion giving us a grand total of £11 billion a year to spend on infrastructure and transport and provide free public transport.
Not only would it create real jobs and growth, but it would eleviate congestion leading to cleaner air. Reduce road traffic accidents. The UK tourist industry would have a much needed boost every time we had a sunny weekend. It would increase disposable income to the poorest who pay proportionately more. We are being taxed to get to work and back so it would be a win win.

We are heading for gridlock and no mainstream political party has any policy on reducing cars & carbon emissions on our roads.

Anyone for Privatisation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by wagstaffe

Hello Gordon,

Here are my answers to your questions.

  • PCS is campaigning for fair pay for its members, meaning that pay should increase at least in line with inflation and be negotiated nationally instead of 200 separate sets of negotiations across the civil service and NDPBs. Do you support PCS’s campaign for fair and equal pay for public servants?


I do support the notion of fair and equal pay. I would also look at the idea of affordable or cheaper housing cost for key workers to reduce the burden on said wages.

  • Do you support trade union campaigns on the working-time directive (which gives workers the legal right to 4 weeks paid holiday)?


I would look at ways of reducing the current workload, employing more staff and allowing more free time for the pursuit of leisure. Is that not what life should be all about ?

  • The government has proposed £15 billion in efficiency savings in addition to already cutting over 100,000 civil and public service jobs. They claim these cuts will not impact on service delivery to the public, however every day our members are seeing how less staff means a poorer service to the public. Where do you stand on cutting civil and public service jobs?


A complete overhaul of the management structure would be an effective long term view on savings. The workers on the shop floor can see at first hand much of the waste out there. By having a bottom up approach to effective management and an invitation of suggestions at all levels. I am aware of allocation of budgets in some departments, if not spent in financial year is lost or reduced the following year, encourages waste on unnecessary purchases or works carried out. If more could be carried over it would actually save money.

  •  HMRC has a national office closure programme and despite rising unemployment some DWP offices are still threatened with closure. Do you think in the current climate that office closures should be halted?


No, I don’t think they should be closed. It is false economy to pay people to sit at home in receipt of unemployment benefits, when there is demand for this particular type of service. It would be far more constructive to keep these people in work and able to spend more in the local economy.

  • PCS is concerned over further privatisation of the civil service. We believe this is costly and unnecessary and jeopardises services being delivered to the public, often to the most vulnerable in our society. Where do you stand on privatising public services?


One of the reasons for getting involved in politics is the privatization issue. The debate over public or privatized services is something I feel strongly about. Public services should not be run using a profit model, it should be about good services and good management. You only have to look at public transport to see how shambolic the system is when the services are run purely for profit and not service.

  •  Are you aware of the EPSU pledge about privatising public services and are you prepared to support it?


I’m aware of it now, and I would refer you to my last answer. I support it wholeheartedly.

  • Do you think more tax staff should be employed to collect the taxes, closing the tax gap?


If Britain was a factory and there was reports of thefts being carried out, I would start with the main frame computers going missing than concentrating my efforts in the pencil department, analogues to tax loopholes and benefit cheats. So yes I would bring more staff to investigate the bigger fish and so called non-doms.

  • Do you think EU countries should more closely co-operate to close loopholes which allow the super rich and big business to avoid tax?


Personally, I believe that Governments and big business are one of the same. Therefore we need to weed out the corruption in this country before turning our attention to the EU.

  • Do you support an extension of this ban to other civil and public services?


It isn’t a clear cut solution to the problem with these extremist groups. Banning people from supporting groups and trying to stop their message from getting out only helps to feed them. Open debate would counter their claims of main stream parties running scared. I would prefer them to get their message out and then highlight the need for good education. The lack of one leading to ridiculous views that some of these parties have !