Mail today reported that Britain has become so dependent on
taxpayer-funded jobs that nearly one worker in four is on the state payroll.
The high level of
public sector employment revealed in official figures Monday has been compared
with that in the former Soviet bloc.
that it is much worse than that, much worse. The Statistics office report only
gives figures for those who are directly employed by central and local government,
i.e. civil service pensions.
it does not cover is the plethora of people who are self employed or employed
by private companies, but who rely entirely on the public sector for their
income, either by wage or government contracts.
include NGO’s, government funded housing trusts, research facilities, funded
charities, traffic wardens, waste management, printers, IT consultants, contractors
of all types and professions, road builders, roadside technology companies,
railtrack, embassy staff and support staff around the globe, the military, the
military support and supply industry, cleaners, cooks, maintenance companies
you consider these into the equations the reliance upon state work rises
sharply, and I have seen some estimates that put the figures as high as 50pct
of the working population.
figures like that, no wonder Gordon Brown needs to find more ways to raise tax,
or the economy will very shortly collapse in on itself.
follows a series of studies by private think-tanks suggesting state involvement
in the economy has reached similar levels to the Soviet Union under Communist control in the 1970s.
all know what happened to the Soviet Union, the only way that they were able to retain
power was the totalitarian route.
Does it not seem strange to you then that this Government, even knowing that local elections are close by, seem totally indifferent to the fact that services are failing, funding is being cut, hospitals are closing, nurses and doctors are being sacked, yet is spending money like water on snoopers and IT projects that will lock everyone into the state, and in the view of many are the mechanisms of state control.