flybymike wrote:Don’t worry Steve, Kanga “as ever” is always asking for “evidence” of gold plating/job creation/ job maintenance etc. particularly for work in the public sector. (What possible kind of evidence could be produced for this? especially when cloaked in a veil of regulatory justification at the foot of the health and safety altar)
Seems we are no longer entitled to form opinions, be they right or wrong, based simply on cynical observation and a lifetime of experience.
er, no. I was asking for evidence that the main/sole purpose/motivation of 'goldplating' was
the creation/maintenance of UK public service jobs, which (it was further alleged) were 'jobs for life' (which, of course, they are not). Happy, as ever, to read any such evidence.
I have lived and worked in countries (including elsewhere in Europe) where such evidence has been clear (and by unashamed officials), but never in UK. Rather, the pattern in UK, at all echelons of Government, especially since early '80s, has been for legislators/Ministers to impose ever more duties on public servants while reducing their numbers through compulsory redundancies and outsourcing/privatisation. But there is nothing new about UK public servants having as policy the reduction of public jobs in their own fields: I knew well a former Colonial Service official (now dead) who joined as a Cadet in 1938. On their first day they were told "your job is to put yourself out of a job"; ie, the Colonial Service was preparing for the end of Empire at a time when British (and Colonial) schoolchildren were told that the sun would never set on it. By and large, they did a good job of that, with, as often little acknowledgement from the great British public or their Ministerial masters. But they never expected any.
Since UK FOIA, UK is just about the most transparent Government machine (again, at all echelons) of any in Europe with possible exception of Sweden. US is probably more transparent, Canada is comparable; their FOIA systems are not quite the same. UK is also the most diligent European applier of transparency in response to EIR requests, to which outsourced private suppliers of Government services may also be liable, as they are not to FOIA requests. EIRs can be a powerful weapon against obfusaction by such companies, at least until next March
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