Saturday, 29 November 2008

And Ireland's problem is.....

The proverbial dogs in the road know that Ireland is blessed with a bloated inefficient civil service, operating under 19th century work practices. Having unsuccessfully tried on a number of occasions to implement technology change there I know the challenges. The main one is that if anyone - anyone - doesn’t like what’s proposed, it doesn’t happen. So the old ways are continued, and the technology investments are wasted. As we’ve seen, billions have gone down the tube over the years.

It’s gratifying then to see that this has now dawned on our new Finance Minister. His biggest problem, he informs us, is that people refuse to move from where they’re not needed to where they are needed. Now get the word ‘refuse’ here, and who’s doing the refusing. They’re very highly paid, have no fear of redundancy, have pensions that those in the private sector can only dream of, are guaranteed pay increases every year, irrespective of the state of the economy. And they ‘refuse’ to move to where they’re needed.

Now once again, I come storming to the rescue, with a piece of brilliant innovative thinking that's quite clearly beyond the mental capacities of the Minister. And it’s this. Proclaim the following message to anyone who ‘refuses’ to transfer to where he’s needed: ‘you’re fired – clear out your desk’.

Now isn't that simple? Well, it should be. But for it to work the Government would have to do it’s job and confront the public sector unions. And this being Ireland, they won't do that. So the problem rolls on, financed by the increasingly beleaguered private sector golden goose. And how long will it be before this particular goose gives a final honk and expires?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Forget it - it wont happen. Ministers are in the pockets of senior civil servants who organise everything for their own benefits,

katie

Jack The Ripper said...

"Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated."

Anonymous said...

The same logic should be applied to the black parasites invading our country ....pick up your bag now and go.

...and if you dont into a prison camp with minimal facilites and brutal conditions.
These parasites will elect to leave the country very quickly.

Anonymous said...

We're all fucked unless someth9ing is done about the state sector.

Mattie

Anonymous said...

Most civil servants inb my view are diligent. It's just that the system is so bad.

Anonymous said...

The so-called 'punishment' for Rody whats-his-name from FAS. He gets paid in full until he retires, retaining all pension entitlements and bonuses. What a farce.

James F.

clonycavan said...

'Your job here is being made redundant; it's excess to requirements,you must have noticed; and a new post suitable for you to apply for (or not), is being created in Ballyslacknaguttery, and it's beautiful new housing estates.'
That phrase, and a little gumption, is 90% of what is needed; but one can see that our Government has ducked the responsibilities of leadership for decades.
A 'day of reckoning' must surely be coming. [That's day in the biblical sense.]

SAVANT said...

i'd like to think so clonycavan, but i doubt it. notice that the most recent 'ation' will lead to yet another report.

Anonymous said...

I'm civil

and

I'm a servant

(ergo I do what i'm told)

Therefore I've caused the resession

Therefore I Q makes the difference?

SAVANT said...

I see what you're getting at anonymous 0.14 but I dont think you qiite pull it off!