Most of the blogs I read are Police-related. The main reason for that is because that’s my background.
Earlier this year Steve and I decided that we’d give The Big Picture a try in an attempt to get some information out there about what else is going on in Public Sector Land. We’ve featured articles on the NHS, Fire Service, Prison Service, Criminal Justice Sector, Interpreters, and I believe even HM Coastguard might have got a mention.
We have also included items on the con that is known as Privatisation and the effect that Think Tanks can have,
Most recently we have concentrated on a short series of articles on Government Wastage. We have tried not to be party political, although this current ConDem coalition does just keep on giving (when they’re not taking away from us that is). Waste by ANY Government on the scale that we have highlighted is extravagant, hypocritical, incompetent and bordering on the criminal. The worst example that we have featured is the NHS IT debacle at £12 Billion. I don’t need to point out that these wastages are cumulative and that their effects continue on and have made the cutbacks that we are suffering proportionately worse.
I am fully aware of the role that the global banking industry has played in the recession and austerity, but I do hold successive governments partly and directly responsible. The Metropolitan Police for example are struggling to make £500 million of savings. I’m quite sure that there will be job losses and overtime restrictions involved to a greater or lesser extent. The last 2 governments have wasted 24 times that amount on the NHS IT farce alone. Aircraft Carriers (avoidable) and Chinook Helicopters (avoidable) added together exceed the Met’s target savings.
To take things forward and evolve we’d like to involve you, our reader. We’re quite happy to carry on doing what we’re doing. What we’d like you to do is simply RT the blogs as much as you can, not because we like big numbers, but we want to spread the message as far as possible
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If you have any suggestions for subject matters that you think we might like to look at by all means include those. I’m not promising that we’ll feature them but I will promise that we’ll look into them.
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