Why I’m Striking tomorrow Monday, Apr 30 2007 


The UK civil service is on strike tomorrow.  I’m sure there are lots who will complain and sneer at all the stupid cliches.  I’m sure there will be a number of people who say why should Civil Servants have a better deal than the public.  Others will say we don’t need civil servants.  To those I would say

1) Why should you have a worse deal than me?  The way to solve inequality is not to reduce the condition of those higher up, but to raise those at the bottom.  Employers rarely do this except under duress.  They don’t care about you, only how you can make profit for them.  If you work for one of the large PLC’s look at the reports of the Boards Salaries, and the pay raises they vote themselves.  Then look at yours.  Then ask who would the business miss most if one of you didn’t go into work- The person providing the service, or the man wheeling and dealing cutting to the bone and damn the customers.

 2) Civil servants do many important jobs.  Unfortunately, politicians only concentrate on the so called ‘front line’ services- Doctors, teachers, nurses, firefighters etc.  Where do you think all the support comes from.  People want a)nobody employed on behind the scenes work- the paperwork, and b) Drs etc not to do the paperwork. Some one has to do it. (continues after the break)

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Note to visitors Sunday, Apr 29 2007 


Please feel free to comment with anything constructive/amusing/informative etc. Please note that your first few visits will be moderated, just to avoid spam (plus you are asked for your email).  Unfortunately because of the spammers on line, plus the fact that I don’t have the time to keep up in the unlikely event this place becomes even a tiny bit busy. Please don’t let this put you off.

The Gospel According to Joe Sunday, Apr 29 2007 


If you make your way to the rather fine StupidEvilBastard.com you will find a post called Crosses to Bear. On there is a quick fragment of a ‘Biblical Noir’.  The guys kindly said they enjoyed it, and it was worth trying to extend.  So here is the opening 500 words or so.

Hello world! Sunday, Apr 29 2007 


I’ve started a blog. Bear with me while I work out what I can do with it, and how to use it.