Opinion – Radical Reform of the Public Sector – Bring Back Immediately Women’s State Pension at 60


View of the House of Lords Chamber in the Pala...

View of the House of Lords Chamber in the Palace of Westminster, London, looking from the galleries towards the Throne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently, I have blogged on the Economist’s lead article on public sector reform. I have also reblogged the views of John Gelmini.

Below is a second detailed response from “Bring Back Immediately Women’s State Pension at 60″, which I am re-blogging. Whilst I do not necessarily agree with viewpoint, I feel that the narrative presents a balanced alternative viewpoint.


Viewpoint of Bring Back Immediately Women’s State Pension at 60″

I thank Dr Alf for the opportunity to respond to his blog and the views of John Gelmini. I have a different viewpoint.

Central call centres were a disaster for the Police, by call operatives not knowing the local area.

The frontline basic pay staff are the reason for government, not management.

A huge welfare burden is yet to come in UK from 2016 to women born since 1953 and men born since 1951, who will be left penniless forever in old age by the 2014 Pension Bill:

Frontline staff need to remain, management can be cut to nothing by making councils unitary in England and Wales (already exist in Scotland) as well as political costs of far less councillors and their expenses.

Councils need to end funding ceremonial mayors and Lord Mayors, as outdated waste of funding, when councils in the UK are the only nation in Europe that do not provide council-run kitchens granting daily hot meals and hot drinks to the working poor, poor pensions and unemployed.

The NHS is not over-staffed, but massively under-staffed in medical professionals, and over-staffed in management.

The waste is N.I.C.E. and other admin such as Trusts.

If the NHS went back to being run by the senior medical consultants, standards would rise and medical staff gain full staffing.

Outsourcing costs more, not less in government.

Trade union recognition is a basic right to offset the slavery view of employees by management. It has ever been thus. Such a belief as not recognising organised labour is as fascistic as denying universal suffrage in voting.

The civil service in the UK is the lowest since the War.

Benefit delays and sanctioning caused a 70 per cent rise in starvation and even death in the UK. Placing a burden on the NHS by malnutrition admission cases.

Not least made worse by the Bedroom Tax, taxing the poorest, when politicians are paid a spare room subsidy in their second home allowance of at least £20,100 (£100 taken off the most elderly from Winter Fuel Allowance) plus all the second home expenses on top.

VAT on food already exists.

The poorest pay more VAT / stealth taxes (75 per cent of tax from people in the UK) than any other income level, so suffered the rise in VAT more, when realising that stealth taxes mean a 90 per cent tax rate for the poor of all ages, in or out of work and however long we live.

Benefit admin could be abolished altogether, saving billions, by all parties in UK taking into their 2015 general election manifesto, that which is offered by The Greens, of a:

– universal, non-means tested Citizen Income, non-withdrawable, in or out of work.

So solving starvation once and for all, together with the abolition of the Bedroom Tax that also takes food out of the mouths of all ages and children in the UK.

The Bedroom Tax costs the taxpayer by arrears, court and eviction costs, and then councils having to house those made homeless, even at a great age.

The socialists in the UK back in 1997 offered:

– state pension at 55 for men and women at £320 per week
– 50 per cent rise to current receivers of state pension and pensioner benefits.

With Citizen Income and a livabe state pension (the sole source of income for many in old age in UK), jobs would blossom on the high street, where the poor and pensioners shop in the UK.

The political class could be permanently cut by the end of the House of Lords and the huge costs of MEPs and contributions to the EU government saving billions forever.

As MPs cost above £100 million in expenses each year, that is what needs a major overhaul to merge politicians into the civil service already standing budget funding, and a ‘barracks’ not second home allowance in London.

All this would give any party that offered these a massive landslide victory to form a majority government in 2015 general election in the UK.

I’d vote for such a party, as would millions who will not vote to the amount of 70 per cent of the UK electorate.

Any views?

Bring Back Immediately Women’s State Pension at 60

Reflections on my top 20 blogs in nearly three years of blogging

Bank of America Tower

Bank of America Tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought that it might be of interest to share my top twenty blogs, over nearly three years,  ranked by number of hits, with the most popular first. To put this into perspective, there have been approaching 2,500 blogs and nearly 50,000 hits, yet these are the top-twenty according to WordPress statistics:

  1. Bank of America Merrill Lynch intern Moritz Erhardt found dead after working long hours | Mail Online
  2. What are the three types of Interim Management assignment?
  3. What’s the difference between an Interim Manager and a Management Consultant?
  4. UK Local Authorities and Shared Services: Cost-Cutting – Myth or Reality?
  5. Immigration: The Polish paradox | The Economist
  6. Interim Management:  Ten Emerging Trends and Outlook for the Future
  7. Malaysia travel: What to do in the Cameron Highlands | CNN Travel
  8. Public Sector Catch 22: Cost-Cutting Vs. Cost Reduction (Part 1/4)
  9. Utilising Professional Interims to Help Reduce the Budget Deficit – Removing Catch 22?
  10. Public Sector Catch 22: The Role of “IT” in Business Transformation (Part 3/4)
  11. Public Sector Catch 22: Structural Reform, Strategy and Implementation – How to avoid a Omnishambles Recovery Programme? (Part 4 of 4)
  12. An in Depth Look at Deleveragings – Ray Dalio – Bridgewater
  13. UK Local Authorities and Shared Services: Cost-Cutting – Myths, Realities and Escalating Risks?
  14. The cult of home ownership is dangerous and damaging – Adam Posen – FT.com
  15. Gray Wolf Picture – Animal Wallpaper – National Geographic Photo of the Day
  16. Osborne has now been proved wrong on austerity – Martin Wolf -FT.com
  17. Public Sector Performance: Catch 22 type Dilemmas 
  18. BBC – Travel – Two days in Siena, Italy : Tuscany
  19. Interim Management: Seven Key Trends
  20. The Open Public Services White Paper, the Budget Deficit and Thirteen Key Reasons for the Government to Deploy Professional Interims for Risk Reduction?

To be honest, I still don’t really know what makes a great blog. Certainly I try to search out some excellent articles on breaking news but at the end of the day I just add my two cents. It’s never clear to me whether the hits are due to:

  • Title
  • Author of primary article (where appropriate)
  • Publisher of primary article  (where appropriate)
  • My two cents of commentary
  • My open questions
  • My photographs
  • My related articles

There is also another strange statistic. The most hits do not correlate with the most likes.

Anyway, taking the above list of twenty top blogs, let me try to distill a few underlying threads.

Firstly, it really surprised me than my most popular blog ever, was my reblog of the MailOnline article about Moritz Erhardt, the German intern, who died whilst working excessive hours at Bank of America, the investment bank. This was major news story, so I believe that my two cents on this occasion probably hit a nerve with worried students and parents. In a world where the millennials are missing out on the opportunities of earlier generations, this tragic story highlighted the extreme competitiveness of the aspiring top 1%. What’s happened to society when greed and ambition cause competition to the death, with a prevailing culture of winner take all?

The second important theme is probably my subjective insights into the interim management industry. Some of these blogs were written nearly three years ago, and I have moved on, so it is not clear to me whether I was a visionary or just angry with life in David Cameron’s UK?

The third important theme concerns a number of detailed blogs about the public sector in the UK. I took a hard-line but given the impact of three years of austerity, I believe that I was probably right. The amazing thing is that the public sector in the UK is still going to get much worse, in both cuts and reduced services. George Osborne’s financial projections into the next Parliament require still further aggressive cuts. Ahead of the election, politicians will look to the arguments that will win elections, rather than serious reform of the public sector. With the help of my fellow blogger, John Gelmini, I believe that this blog has provided some refreshingly different suggestions to tackle the challenges of the UK public sector.

The fourth theme that I would like to pick up is that people love quality travel articles. Perhaps, travel articles provide hope, and encouragement to many, or they are a form of escapism.  Anyway, the most fascinating blog was about the Cameron highlands in Malaysia. Rather than focusing on travel, I often wonder if a number of bloggers were looking for the ancestral home of David Cameron!

So to conclude with a common theme and an open question:

What’s David Cameron done for the Millennials?

A view of Fields and fields of...... Tea in Ca...

A view of Fields and fields of…… Tea in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any thoughts?

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