Possibly 50pct of workforce now work for the state

The Daily
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.  

I believe
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.

What
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. 

These
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
etc.

When
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. 

And with
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.

The report
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. 

We
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.

 


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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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