Whatever happened to the selfless commitment to public service?

There was a time when people who went into local government did so because the rewards were fair, the role they would perform would be stable, it would be valuable to the community, and often they saw it as a way to use their abilities to serve people.

Local government today is less about serving the needs of a local population.  It is now a localised monopoly business.  It is seen as a tool for people who haven’t got the talent to make it big in business to earn huge sums of money off the back of compulsory ‘distress payments’ in return for delivering ever less, while demanding ever more money in taxes and ‘charges and fees’.

That is why, up and down this country, we taxpayers are being increasingly ripped off in short order by councillors with dreams of Westminster or Brussels careers, deluding themselves they are in charge of a mega corporation with bottomless reserves of cash and handing out our money like confetti to grubbing little upstarts like this.

In a democracy, where the people would have the power rather than the servants, we could do something about it.  Of course, the good people of Surrey could simply vote out the current lot and replace them with another lot.  But as we have seen for so long, the only thing that changes is the face attached to the suit.  When it comes to issues the political class and bureaucracy have their issues, which they pour money and resources into, and we ordinary people outside the bubble have ours which remain neglected and treated with contempt.

3 Responses to “Whatever happened to the selfless commitment to public service?”

  1. 1 Derek 02/05/2013 at 7:49 am

    Blair’s reorganisation of local government took power from the councillors and gave it to the officials. (All trade union members) Councillors have very little say in the running of the council. To return local democracy to local councils, all the changes brought about by Blair and his hangers on, should be reversed. Before Blair, if the media wanted to interview someone about policy, they went to a councillor. The officials never appeared. Now, if the media want to talk about policy, they go to an official, councillors no longer matter.

  2. 2 fake 02/05/2013 at 9:27 am

    “manages a budget of 1.8billion.”

    Seems the answer to me is to break the area up into smaller regional offices, the bigger government gets, the easier it is for money to disappear down black holes.

  3. 3 donwreford 03/05/2013 at 9:19 am

    Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, a government advisory initiative as to how the Country is run, the advise to government would be designed to create a bureaucracy that would baffle brains with directives such as “Yes Minister”, and Kafka, with support from the MI5/6 and local government, we are now past the point of questioning the bureaucracy with reasoned and reflective comprehensible mind analysis, the Will of the People is no longer relevant, we now have to settle down and acquiesce to outrageous misfortune, and be thankful we may still dream dreams, although this is a temporary aberration before those few who have gone astray become subject to becoming corrected.

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