So now public sector workers are fair game for pay freezes until they match their regions private sector levels. Our armed services are losing good people to more attractive pay guarding ships from pirates. Our cops, if they have any sense, will be applying to Canada, Australia or the EU if they speak anything other than English. John Yates is no doubt on a good bung in Bahrain, where his ability to turn a blind eye will be useful. I am also off to sell my skills abroad, though this won’t extend to ignoring torture.
Public servants in the UK can expect pay cuts to bring them in line with the Chinese-serf levels the private sector manages through its innovation, creativity and competition. The rich, meantime want more and more or they will all go abroad leaving the country they ‘owe allegiance’ to to sink to its knees. Who do you think we can afford to lose – skilled professionals in health care and the public sector and armed services, or a bunch of shits who think they are so special the deserve salaries that amount to more than a life’s earnings for most? I rather gave my own view away there!
I think we should have a cull of those allowed vast wealth now – I’m rather against killing people off, but we could just strip them out of our system at around £80K a year equivalents and give them three months to settle elsewhere with their in demand skills. Rooney would no doubt leave his ‘beloved’ Manchester United and City have to put out the youth team, but who cares – do we really think we haven’t got replacement talent to run the necessary show?
Even in the “industries” (like children’s games played by men) where the best have to prove themselves on level playing fields on open display, there is no need for the absence of reasonable salary caps (this just removes the competition via money element). When you can hire bent accountants to “prove” success it’s even worse. I’d be happier to live amongst people who accept reasonable pay and wealth retention as part of an obligation to everyone else, than grasping Einsteins (which they ain’t) prepared to live off the backs of everyone else – where will they be if we go to war – next to you in the trenches or suddenly off on holiday to neutral territory?
I understand “modern economics” and have seen how little benefit those on big pay bring, and how the wealth is manipulated through various offshore, transfer pricing dodges, land and mineral theft and the rest. We can do better than this pornographic society and have the technology to rebuild from the bottom-up, embodying management knowledge into a machine utility needing regulation.
In Bahrain, a colleague was asked to prevent an IT system operating at a particular point so a favoured bureaucrat could make decisions. A bit like the days when police investigation systems produced format (more or less wordperfect) incompatible with prosecution systems – with the outputs needing re-typing. We are doing this over and again in management and finance, largely to allow fraud and the high-paying jobs of the machine overseers whose skills are obsolete. The last successful innovation in financial services was the ATM. Give me decent cops, soldiers, nurses and doctors to form a community with, not money-grubbing creeps selling bags with the smell of cakes, or bananas produced at subsistence wages at a price inflated by offshore management dodges to ten times the price that would provide a fair wage for pickers, transport and retailing.
The truth about most work is that it is routinised and we need to share it under fair exchange and regulation. We have failed to organise a fair global society, yet insist that management organisation is so good its worth 150 times the reasonable salary we can’t pay our soldiers or public sector workers. In science, stuck with a core research programme as dud as this we’d abandon it.