New Year, Same Old Hogwash

Today, David Cameron issued his New Year message, and it’s every bit as vapid as you’d expect.

Yadda yadda Olympics boring boring Big Society boring boring our armed force boring boring excess in the City blah blah…

But here’s the bit that really got me livid.

I am determined to do the bold things it will take to sort out public services, too. Too often our schools aren’t up to scratch, our hospitals aren’t always clean enough and our police don’t catch criminals. Brilliant and committed people work in public services – but somehow the system stops them doing their job. So we’ll change it.

Let’s go through that again…

Too often our schools aren’t up to scratch…

Teacher training places to drop by 24% Half of all schools expecting to cut teacher numbers, with Northern Ireland hit particularly hard.

…our hospitals aren’t always clean enough…

56,068 NHS jobs either lost or on the chopping block, according to the Royal College of Nursing. That said, Andrew Lansley says it’s just scaremongering. I guess I must be hallucinating all the posts being deleted when people leave, the near drying-up of recruitment, the offers of voluntary early retirement, the regular memos about large sums of cash that our trust has got to save somehow. Sums that they’re not going to be able to save with a few efficiency tweaks.

…and our police don’t catch criminals…

34,000 jobs to go from the police, including 16,200 officers.

…Brilliant and committed people work in public services – but somehow the system stops them doing their job.

Yes, the system does stop them from doing their job. By sacking them!

Look Dave, if you really want to give us a New Year address, why not say something along the lines of, “Look, we’re going to be in a period where ‘service improvement’ is simply an oxymoron. Our schools are going to get more overcrowded, our hospitals less able to care for their patients, and our streets less safe. Sorry.”

That would at least be honest.

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4 thoughts on “New Year, Same Old Hogwash

  1. Ah but we’ve got the Olympics and the Queens’ Jubilee or whatever it is.

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