Our civil ser­vice is not fit for pur­pose

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

THE civil ser­vice is no longer fit for pur­pose! Void of re­spon­si­bil­ity, ac­count­abil­ity un­known, they have be­come as ef­fi­cient as a Rus­sian court that does not do bribery.

Se­cure in the knowl­edge that bonuses will come their way, re­gard­less of whether they per­form or not, and the up­per ech­e­lons will get their gongs and knight­hoods, just for hold­ing cer­tain po­si­tions, and re­tire (paid and pen­sioned) into the House of Lords, while the also rans, drift off with just a gold plated pen­sion, into the “old boys’” net­work of fat cat di­rec­tor­ships. They no longer care what they do, as long it is po­lit­i­cally cor­rect in do­ing it, and seem to be in a race with the Church of Eng­land as to who can pro­mul­gate hu­man­ist sec­u­lar­ism the most.

I am con­vinced that they keep three sets of fig­ures; one to mis­lead the pub­lic; two to mis­lead the gov­ern­ment; and three to mis­lead them­selves. In the civil ser­vice nu­ance is a con­tra­dic­tion in terms! I used to have re­spect for civil ser­vants, but 38 years in lo­cal gov­ern­ment cured me of that.

They are not so much civil, and no longer a ser­vice! They don’t do sil­ver bul­lets, just ones marked with “to whom it may con­cern”; and lawyers make for­tunes try­ing to in­ter­pret what they mean.

They love Labour ad­min­is­tra­tions as they get money thrown at them by the bushel, which they squan­der, as they do not com­pre­hend pru­dence, and are gov­erned by politi­cians who are blinded by English that has been tor­tured into what­ever for­mat bu­reau­cracy wants it to be. They en­gi­neer cuts that ef­fect the pub­lic the most, whilst keep­ing their per­sonal em­pires in tact.

The gov­ern­ment ap­pointed a civil ser­vant as the pro­cure­ment di­rec­tor for the Tri­dent mis­sile sys­tem and is pay­ing him £500,000 to keep it on bud­get; ex­cept it isn’t, and costs are spi­ralling out of con­trol, but he is still in a job, and be­ing paid a lu­di­crous amount?

There has never been a cri­sis that the civil ser­vice has not re­sponded to with a con­fer­ence or en­quiry, which comes up with the same jar­gon that lessons will be learned, but no one will be dis­ci­plined!

We have a no blame cul­ture, be­cause the civil ser­vice have come up with a fool proof es­cape clause, that if any­one goes, it is the min­is­ter, which is why gov­ern­ments pan­der to them so much.

In the full­ness of time, and with due con­sid­er­a­tion, tak­ing into ac­count all that we know, notwith­stand­ing that we do not, it must be ac­knowl­edged, that one will never win with the civil ser­vice, as they are paid by politi­cians who par­tic­i­pate in de­ci­sions that have been made for them, on the un­der­stand­ing that, as far as pos­si­ble, the (bu­reau­cracy) will cover their backs, with delu­sion as the so­lu­tion Steve Vick­ers

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