Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Recession, what Recession?

Its easy for some of us to forget that large sections of the British public have yet to experience the recession and haven’t got a clue about the depth or misery this current economic downturn is proving for those in the private sector.

Still I for one wonder just how much longer, those in the public sector can remain unchallenged, in their for now immune lifestyle, which of course is dependant on those who are feeling the brunt of the depression.

I see in Kent that the trade union representing council staff reckon that whilst thousands in Kent, have been thrown on the scrapheap, they for some reason have a divine right not only to retain their jobs but screw the taxpayer for a pay increase.

Still is it any wonder that union representatives have such an unrealistic view of their self worth, when MP’s and even government ministers are blatantly robbing the public blind, be it paying for entertainment, scoring bogus claims for accommodation or sorting out fat pensions since many will soon be getting the P45.

Overall many in service or the construction industry have not seen any significant increase in pay in last few years. Those of us in unskilled or manual work have seen our earnings eroded, as well as our jobs disappear, as a result of Labour’s policy of attacking their traditional base and bringing in cheap foreign workers.

Labour under Blair completed the transition from being run by loony socialist cranks, into a comfortable, caring sort of Tory Party, which since 1997, moved further to the right, till today most Labour top knobs are every bit as corrupt and bent as their Tory counterparts once were.

Labour no longer needs or cares about working class voters for a couple of reasons, one that the Labour Hierarchy are mostly articulate middle class bods working in the public sector, and plus its the middle class that are more likely to go out and vote.

Twenty-five years ago the Tories were the big threat to the ordinary people of this country, as they systematically, destroyed industry and communities in their lunatic pursuit of low inflation, now the Labour party not through spite have done even greater damage to the people of this country, by allowing mass migration without any consideration to its consequences, because the only time their likely to notice the great social upheaval, is when they nip into a cafe or have some building work done.

I’d love to know what benefit this country derived by allowing uncontrolled migration and ruthlessly exploiting of both British nationals and East Europeans and why was this policy never featured in any Labour manifesto.

Not something that would bother your average public sector worker since their jobs are unaffected nor I would think most Labour MP’s who are appear content so long as they can claim bogus expenses, have a second job and take money from wherever its offered.

A lot of people are under the impression that Britain has had no option but to accept limitless migration, which is not so, since both France and Germany decided to protected their economies by opting out of a free for all migration policy when the EU was enlarged.

Gordon Brown’s performance as Prime Minister has been dire it will be interesting to see how he emerges at the end of this G20 charade, still apart from saving face which is unlikely at some time he will be able to walk away from the chaos created by his government, draw a fat pension and bore rich businessmen senseless by giving lectures.


  1. Difference between the private sector and public sector is that the private sector has sold its Union rights for their bag of silver. If I strike I lose my day's pay but I feel its worth it. On pensions the private sector should not be trying to drag down the public sector but rather fight to drag itself up and equal it.

  2. I think it's true that whenever our supply of food is threatened by say rising food prices we feel discontent. That's not to defend our leaders because it would take a far more wily man to do that just now. Everything looks like a giant pile of poo right now and whoever or whatever shows us decent hope is going to be a national hero.

  3. Interesting article, similar situation in Canada.

    Take care, Elli

  4. I'm sorry to read that you begrudge me my 6p an hour rise Tony.
    Not everyone, in fact hardly anyone who works for KCC is on the sort of salary you seem to imagine.
    Labour aren't the only ones who have betrayed working class voters.

  5. It appears to me we have more public sector workers than at any time in history but feel less pleased about it I wonder if quantative easing is to pay the wage bill till they get voted out and then shout what a mess who ever gets in has made of things

  6. ohhhhhh and I forgot to add at the same time demand a big public sector pay increase

  7. I am afraid the problem that won't go away is that the proportion of people actually producing real tangible goods and services is too small to support all of those that are not.

    There are plenty of people in the public sector producing real and necessary services and plenty in the private sector that are not.

  8. of course, we all pay our rates, expect top quality services, ie dustbins collected streets swept etc. Over the past years local government has become leaner. Now, you all want public sector job cuts, but services that are top notch. Sorry numpties, grow up and smell the coffee. Ok sack people in the public sector, but don't moan when the fire engine takes 3 hours to get to your house, the ambulance 4, and the coastguard 5. But of course you will because that is your sole purpose in life, to moan!!!

  9. The difficulty is actually much simpler than that. The public sector only exists because of the money earned by the private sector; what Dan Hanan recently described as the productive part of the economy.

    The public sector does supply needed services, but does not generate income in any substantial way, it is paid for out of the earnings of others.

    Once upon a time the public sector was the poor relation in pay because of the safety, security, and pension provisions. Managerial pay has ripped away during the last decade; there is less security, but still far more than in the private sector; the pensions are now clearly unaffordable.

    Once upon a depression, the Geddes axe ensured public sector workers felt the pain as well. It cannot be exempt, or escape the suffering of others as the economy tightens.

  10. You still don't get it. If the private sector suffers, there is one less greedy bank, one less backward looking car manufacturer, or one less highstreet shop selling tat. Try not getting your refuse collected or your fire put out. Or how about your heart not being retarted in time? Cuts in the public sector means we all suffer.

  11. Thanet council have what 700 plus bodies just to empty a few bins, clean streets and cock up planning matters, come off it. There must be more than a few who would not be missed if they weren't on the payroll tomorrow.

    You can bet your backside that those who actually do the work, get paid peanuts, but the monkeys running the thing get far more than their worth.

    I do begrudge increases for people who have job security and big pensions.