Citizen R

Let me bring your attention to a new blog, I was a public sector worker, which as the title suggests is detailing the dramatic changes that are about to shake our public services.

As the author explains

fings ain’t what they used to be in the public sector and not being the person who saves your life, rescues your cat or empties your bins, I’m first against the public spending cut wall.

And which non-essential job is it that is being cut, well it’s the advice that teachers rely on to help them improve their practice, understand the changing evidence base for what they do, and the person that trains them in adapting to the new curricula that the government will produce; the local authority education advisor.

I’d be surprised if there weren’t a fair few blogs which will detail the impact of the decisions that Ministers make in their offices in Whitehall.  Reading Andrew Rawnsley this weekend I even get a sense that some of those Ministers might be starting to understand what they’re about to do.  He quotes one (Tory Minister) as saying:

“We all attacked ‘faceless bureaucrats’ when we were in opposition. They aren’t faceless anymore. They are people working in the department and they are nice people. They are people with children, people with mortgages to pay.”

And has another one admitting that the Quangos they were so against in opposition actually do things that need to be done.

The better this is understood by those making these decisions the better; Francis Maude (who described the outcome of the CSR as being likely to be ‘uncomfortable’ on the Today programme the other day) should be encouraged to find slightly more visceral language for what he and his colleagues are doing.


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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2 Responses to Citizen R

  1. citizenr says:

    Thank you, Andrew.
    Describing the CSR as uncomfortable is like saying that surgery without anaesthesia may smart a little!
    Looking forward to blogging some more stories.

  2. Andrew Brown says:

    Yes, it struck me as an understatement of epic proportion.

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