Frighten the buggers, then sack ‘em [updated]
PSA president Brenda Pilott fears that suggestions by Treasury head John Whitehead of sweeping and urgent changes to the government bureaucracy will only make bureaucrats “fearful” – excellent! about time some of the buggers were made to feel a cold sweat -- and “inefficient.” Does she mean more inefficient? Hard to believe that’s possible, Brenda.
Pilott also says “1500 public sector jobs have been lost since the general election, and it's hard to see how the economy will be strengthened by sending more public servants to the dole queue.” Perhaps because if enough of the buggers are sacked, their dead weight will be off our shoulders?
When the economy is heading south and the ratio of worker to bureaucrat is around 1.5 workers to every bureaucrat (and falling), 1500 bureaucrats’ jobs lost is barely even a good start.
It’s not just that we have to pay for the buggers with money that could instead be spent productively, but every one of these bastards is being paid to get in our way.
By that standard, every bureaucrat job “lost” is a bonus – even if you have to pay ‘em for a year’s holiday first.
UPDATE: Just an example of the sort of bullshit we’re paying for. The Ministry of Health yesterday released 4 new research RFPs, i.e., “Requests for Proposals,” or in plain English the step just before calling a tender:
- Research project to investigate the effect of Electronic Gambling Machine Player Information Display and Pop-up Systems on Gamblers’ behaviour.
- Research project to investigate how Gambling Venue characteristics influence Gambling and Problem Gambling behaviour.
- Research project to investigate how Game Characteristics influence Gambling and Problem Gambling Behaviour.
- Research project to investigate the effect of Gambling advertising, Marketing, and Sponsorship on gambling perceptions and behaviour.
To be fair, these aren’t as destructive to economic progress as the work of agencies like NZQA and the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Building and Housing, but they do give you an indication of the sort of bullshit that bureaucrats and their consultants do every day while thinking they have a real job.