Thursday, 22 January 2009

As I was saying.....


I've pointed out on numerous occasions (and well before the ‘professional’ economists did it) how Ireland was heading for hard times due to a bloated and inefficient public sector gorging itself on the exposed productive private sector.

Now here’s a vignette which underlines the problem. It concerns the organisation ‘People with Disabilities in Ireland (PwDI)’. According to its website “PwDI is the umbrella organisation which brings people together locally and nationally to work on common issues that affect all people with disabilities.”
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Now any ‘umbrella organisation, in my experience, is, or becomes over time, a purely administrative/co-ordinating body – something to be run by a modestly paid administrator with a clerical assistant. But we’re talking about the Irish public sector here. So we have a ‘Chief Executive’ who’s supported by five other staff.
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And what does this ‘Chief Executive’ earn? The princely sum of €150,000 (about $200,000) p.a. You can also rest assured that the panoply of public sector expenses, (e.g. travel costs of more than €1 per mile) will add about 30% tax free to this figure. Now I know someone who manages a store for a sporting goods chain. He earns about one quarter of that, and his job depends on the store making a profit. He has more than ten people working for him.
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In a nutshell, this demonstrates how the country has gone off the rails. Our resources have been leeched from the exposed, productive sector in order to support hundreds, and I mean hundreds, of quangos like PwDI - plus the rest of the public sector.
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This is why Ireland is one of the most expensive places in the world to do business, and why, in turn, enterprises are closing in droves. Bring on the cleansing hellfire in the form of an IMF intervention.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

any interesting attacks on the nigerian scum since the economy went bad?

Anonymous said...

Its the same story here, in Britain and most of the Western world I'm afraid savant. I too hope (but dont hold out) for some hellfire cleansing. If only we lived in the real world.

Anonymous said...

nigerian scum is, what's the word - a tautology. No attacks yet - dont underestimate the strength of the multi-culti thought police.

But if it gets as bad as some people think, there has to be a reckoning. They'll ask: why the fuck are we paying money we dont have so that these scroungers and criminals can live off us

Avenger

Anonymous said...

nigerian scum is, what's the word - a tautology. No attacks yet - dont underestimate the strength of the multi-culti thought police.

But if it gets as bad as some people think, there has to be a reckoning. They'll ask: why the fuck are we paying money we dont have so that these scroungers and criminals can live off us

Thor

Anonymous said...

its not just the public sector. other sectors such as medicine and law have heavy restrictions on competition and hence are way more expensive than in other countries