Has anyone else noticed the Tories' constant outing of their desire to slim down the "flab" of the public sector and to advocate some slashing around "quangocracies"?
The language being used here is supposed to hide where the real people are that hold these jobs, and instead suggest that slashing the flab is a kindly act that will be good for us all. Like some kind of wonderous PS diet to a new healthier us.
The constant drip-drip of attacks on the public sector seem to suggest that the Tories don't feel that job cuts here are real job cuts at all.
So next time a Tory attacks the public sector "flab" and suggests they are going to slash budgets (and jobs), ask how many real people this will leave without employment?
It appears that they feel that there are two levels of job cuts: real ones (in the private sector), where they are terribly sorry if people lose out, and other ones in the public sector where the slasher can come in with his scythe - no one will get hurt, but we -- the taxpayers -- will get loads of good money back.
I note there's a little exemption clause for nurses, doctors and teachers - which the Tories have obviously decided are so universally popular that they can't raise the axe in their direction.
Questions that need to be asked:
1) How many public sector jobs do you expect to lose with this slashing?
2) So how do you feel about the fact you are put those (xx) people out of work?
3) Is it a good idea to propose that one of your recession policies is to deliberately put a section of society out of work?
Public sector jobs are real jobs too, with real people attached. They are not just a handy shorthand for lovely, cuddly "savings" with no human costs attached.