Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Little Brain

Listening to Channel 4. News this evening, with news of the appalling security lapses at Broadmoor and the usual litany of public sector failings, I wonder why our society constantly accepts such feeble excuses?

"Staff have been written to, reminding them of their responsibilities" or "We will be taking urgent action", it's the same old story, Baby P,Broadmoor, infected hospitals, 'Foot & Mouth' disease, lost data discs and much more.

A fundamental part of the malaise lies at the door of our great European Union; you simply can't get rid of the inept and incompetent. It costs too much, they have rock solid employment protection rights and if it's the public sector, then moving out the low performers is even harder and you are probably looking at a £250,000 employment settlement to remove an incompetent or lazy senior manager. It's just too expensive or difficult to get rid of underperformers.

So, when a schizophrenic murderer is released from Broadmoor of all places, supposedly 'cured', and promptly returns home to dismember his neighbour and eat his brain, fried, with a little butter, it's the usual apologies and hand-wringing and nobody is sacked.

The Americans think we are daft, believing such generous employment protection in the wider European style, only encourages mediocrity and a diminished sense of both responsibility and accountability.

Has the pendulum of employment protection swung too far in Europe? From the time of the Tolpuddle martyrs, two hundred years has been spent in quite rightly protecting the workforce from employment exploitation but have the roles now reversed: Is such protection now leading to the exploitation of the workplace by an unaccountable workforce? It's a controversial idea but how else can one explain the gross failures that now make up a regular part of our news diet?

What do you think?

3 comments:

Richard Card said...

In 1976 a multiple address claiming fraud, based in Thanet run by IRA, was discovered.

The Thanet benefits civil servants, once advised the fraud was IRA run, developed instant amnesia to avoid giving evidence.

Panorama had then recently broadcast a programme exposing poor care standards in Thanet private care homes. People tended to think of the duty for monitoring care falling on Social Services in isolation.

But the fact was that DHSS benefits civil servants, especially visiting officers, were also under a duty to report any concerns about care or fire precautions in nursing homes.

Was this mandatory procedure ever used by the Thanet civil servants at Broadstairs DHSS ?

Yet inmates in care homes were dying in their own detritis.

One good thing that may come out of the looming depression is that we scrutinioze the public sector. We cannot afford their pensions. Many of them do not merit pay or pensions.

They are the archetype for the basic ill of our country.

We over reward and cosset low risk parochials.

So they can enjoy their low risk over rewarded life better people have to take the risks such as defending the Realm.

If you publish Simon stand by for incoming bleats.

Anonymous said...

This post could just as easily be about T.D.C....

Call me Infidel said...

No doubt the uual mantra will be trotted out again "lessons will be learned."
Sadly no one ever seems to learn the lesson though.

To be honest the old saying of the fish rotting from the head is still true. How many of our illustrious leaders have resigned in disgrace? It was bad under the Tories with the likes of Aitken and Archer, but at least they were dealt with and ministers caught up in scandals would resign. Under Labour it seems there is no such thing as resigning in disgrace. Mandleson with his shady mortgage deal as well as the Hinduja passport affair. Blunkett with the tax payer footing the bill for mistresses train fares. Jacqui Smith with her suspect housing arrangements, it just goes on and on yet they never consider resigning so why should civil servants consider giving up their cushy number when their masters do as they please?