Notes From the Margins…

Discipline and Fear

  • July 31, 2011
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Nurses, teachers, doctors and all you other do-nothings who have been living high on the hog at the taxpayer’s expense:  be afraid, be very afraid.   The time is coming when you will be held to account for the financial disasters that you have inflicted on the nation.   After all these years of idleness and parasitism, in which you lined your pockets and accumulated your gold-plated pensions and contributed nothing to society, Oliver Letwin, ex-Etonian, former merchant banker and financial advisor and coalition policy minister is seeking ways to increase your ‘productivity’.

How is this miraculous and much-needed transformation to be achieved?   By ‘diversity of provision and personal choice and power’ according to Letwin, who told  the thinktank KPMG yesterday:

“You can’t have room for innovation and the pressure for excellence without having some real discipline and some fear on the part of the providers that things may go wrong if they don’t live up to the aims that society as a whole is demanding of them.”

Got that, you lotus eaters?  Of course, according to Letwin, not everyone in the ‘atrophied’ public sector will be able to make the next step in this Darwinian brave new world, since ‘  Some will not survive. It is an inevitable and intended consequence of what we are talking about’.

Those of you who are uncomfortable with this ‘inevitable and intended consequence’ have only yourselves to blame.  Weren’t you the ones who got £500 billion from Gordon Brown because your corrupt financial practices reduced the nation to penury and you were ‘too big to fail’.

You weren’t?   Never mind.  You’ll do.

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