Europe’s shrinking public sector. That’s not my title, it is one provided by the BBC’s Europe Editor, Gavin Hewitt.
In what can only be described as very poor BBC reporting, that article sets out to misrepresent the situation and give it lots of spin, because what Hewitt should have said was Europe’s shrinking National public sectors.
Lets be clear about what national governments in Europe are doing, and its very true of the UK government when they speak of cuts.
They are not cutting the national debts, they are not even cutting national deficits, what they are doing is cutting the deficits in real terms, i.e. at the level of inflation, so that spending overall will probably remain virtually the same. They are cutting out just enough people and quangos so that they will not have to spend any more than current figures, just enough to stabilise but not to reduce the borrowing requirement.
The UK deficit is approximately £187billion, that is the figure that the government have to borrow every year because they are not raising enough in taxation. The National Debt is now in excess of £1.4trillion (yes, trillion). Even after these cuts those figures will not go down, because what they are not doing is reducing spending.
I wrote last week about the Coalition’s Bonfire of Quangos, and asked the question: is this a real cull or just a movement of remits?
Well it is now becoming clear that it is just a movement of remits, after all EU policies, regulations, opinions and decisions still have to implemented, governed and policed. The vast majority of these remits are moving from National civil servants, National public sector to EU controlled civil servants and public sector workers.
Unfortunately, most of these EU sponsored ‘jobs’, functions and systems are already in place and have been for some considerable time, hidden away in local authority backrooms, various ‘partner’ type organisations, trade unions, business partners, regional agencies, and EU research projects, getting prepared for the day when their gravy train of endless meetings, planning, training and travelling comes to and end and the remits of their national counterparts are transferred.
That’s why your income tax is so high, it’s why your Council tax is so high, its why you have been taxed, fined or levied everywhere you go for everything you need. You have been paying for 2 layers of government for nearly 15 years. Oh yes, its mainly UK taxpayers money that’s been paying for these EU projects, not EU taxpayers money. (gets confusing doesn’t it, and deliberately so).
Now, its time for the EU to take centralised administrative control of the regions, take control of the LAA’s, the 9 regional health authorities, the 8 police regions + the Met, the 9 fire regions and all the strategic government departments, industrial policy, market policy, competition, services, social economy, research, consumer protection etc, most of which have already been regionalised and are connected, trained and working on the EU Grid. (see Beyond Broadband in right toolbar).
Just watch Cameron and his cronies wrap this up in spin, announce how they are going to devolve power out from Westminster, bring it closer to the people, going to cut the size of government, exactly as they did at last years conference. They will announce cutting Westminster MPs, cutting quangos, cutting waste. They’ll spin it that way but the ‘waste’ they speak of is primarily the duplication of staff, offices and effort, cutting out the National bodies and transferring the remits.
Whilst the organisations may be abolished or absorbed, their functions will not, the functions will continue on and still have to be paid for by the taxpayer, that’s why there will be no reduction in the deficit, the cuts will only keep it in check.
The spin is mostly recognisable, it’s in the Plan, The Hannan & Carswell Plan, see just how well it fits into the EU plan. Tories, Tory supporters, you just been suckered..again…
As I said in my post yesterday, what you are going to hear at this conference are not Conservative policies, what you are going to hear are the Conservative implementation plans for EU policies, the same EU policies that we endured for 13 years with Labour implementation plans. Its just that its the blue teams turn.
Example: Conference heard how Conservatives will relax copyright on government data with the government announcement of the ‘Open Government Licence for public sector information‘. What they should have told you is that in reality it is the implementation of ‘the EU Directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive).
They are not cutting the size of government, they are just shifting the remits and power to give the impression that the size of government is reduced, because believe me, your still going to pay for it. Just smoke and mirrors.
So, If you are a public sector worker in the front front line, you’re probably safe, if you are a bureaucrat working to the EU Grid, you’re probably safe, if you’re a bureaucrat and have never heard of the Grid, if you’ve never worked on a local EU project, its probably time to pack your bags.
If you want to know who to blame, you might want to start with the Unions, without whose major help, input and specially secured EU roles and funding none of this would have been possible, bought and paid for with taxpayers money. The self same Unions that are whipping up hysteria and strikes over the cuts and feeding the media with just so much faux outrage. Still, these hypocritical Union leaders have got their salaries and pensions sown up.. the workers are just the cannon fodder.
Then you can start on the political leadership of our 3 main parties and the media.
Britain, the whole nation has been taken for suckers, taken for a ride and led down the pre-mapped path by the Unions, politicians and media. And that Boys & Girls is why the EU is off the conference agenda, god forbid you might put 2+2 together for yourselves.
Going back to the beginning of this post where I mentioned deficits and spending, what happens next year? to the deficit, the borrowing requirement and the spending. In order to meet the ever growing bureaucratic EU requirements there won’t be room for any more cuts, so your taxes will start to go up to pay for this Keynesian communist folly called the EU.
Oh, and just to prove the point, the EU Institutions, Agencies and their ‘partners’ are recruiting like crazy… with your money….
Or perhaps you would like to see how during the 8th European Week of Regions and Cities, this spend spend spend culture is being promoted, attended by
- national, regional and local politicians;
- Members of the Committee of the Regions, the European Parliament and of the European Economic and Social Committee;
- officials of European, national, regional and local administrations and experts in the field of managing and evaluating Cohesion Policy programmes;
or look at where your local policy is being decided (and I would pay particular attention to the sidebar links on that site)
or the regional managing authorities for the EU regional policy programmes
So despite all the ‘cuts’, the participation of those UK civil servants and public sector workers who are on the EU side of things has to be paid for, even if Osborne is cutting back on the British bits.
So who do you think is paying for all of this EU extravagance and governance, because its not magic money, its not EU money (because like governments the EU has no money) its all taxpayers money… and they are taking you for every penny they can squeeze out of you to fund their champagne lifestyles.
As you can see, policy is most certainly not decided by British political parties, they are literally just the provincial implementation teams. Still want to applaud Cameron et al.