Who guards the guardians? That must be a question being asked around the traps today. As the latest revelations of corruption in the Immigration Service emerge, to be added to earlier revelations of excess, duplicity and abuse of power across the civil service, the Cabinet and the council building inspectorates, the question should be being asked with ever-increasing volume.
Who guards against the abuses of these perfect bastards? What checks are there on the all-powerful bureaucrats who infest the offices of Wellington? Why do so many assume that that private businesses tend towards corruption and fraud and dishonesty, needing the guardians of bureaucracy to oversee their activities, whereas these pricks wear the wings of angels?
Where did this myth arise?
Why assume the guardians of bureaucracy are the final word in honesty and efficacy? Why assume they're immune to corruption?
There's been erected a vast conglomeration of bureaucrats to run our lives -- people who can't even run their own life. We've put people's lives in their hands. But who guards against the excesses of the bureaucrats?
It's increasingly clear that nobody does.