04 June 2011

A bit of June Christmas cheer for Private business!

One of my correspondents has sent me arguably the best news since the start of the coalition government. It is reported by the BBC that the EHRC is going on strike . This is arguably proof that the coalition strategy is working. Let's hope many more of such agencies follow their example. The only noticeable impact of this collection of ne'er do wells, many of whom had significant and documented links with the USSR and its satellites has been to load up costs on the people that in the long run pay their wages. In the absence of the Soviets, Islamic extremists like Iran have picked up the slack in terms of funding their , in many cases fairly lavish lifestyles. Seriously, this piece has made my day. Osborne should say: 'Frankly, a permanent strike would be absolutely fine' - this strike is a catastrophe for the 'anti cuts lobby'. At a stroke it will reveal how much fat can be taken out of the system with absolutely no impact on the ordinary citizen. The only issue would seem to be whether Champagne producers can cope with the demand from every single private sector organisation that has had the misfortune to encounter this body! As the Pointer Sisters famously said - 'I'm so excited'!I'm also reminded of a quote from the now sadly departed 'X Files':

'You shouldn't play poker when you aren't holding any cards!'


Hal Berstram said...

This is very topical Van, as I've just seen a documentary on the excellent work Amnesty International does... presumably you would suggest that Amnesty are Soviet agents as well? Despite the fact that a large part of their work during the communist era involved highlighting human rights abuses in the USSR and other Eastern bloc countries?

While it's understandable that some people on the hard right would like EHRC disbanded so that David Cameron can get away with casual sexism whenever he likes and the police can go on arresting and detaining anti-cuts protesters without trial, those of us with a more balanced view of the world will appreciate the excellent work that EHRC does. Even though Trevor Phillips has not been a particularly effective head, it's fair to say.

Van Patten said...

This is an interesting point - AI had a few past cases wherein it skated over abuses by hard leftist terrorist groups (most notably in Nicaragua and Peru during the 1980's)or blithely dismissed it as 'government propaganda' but it has been, it would be hard to argue quite assiduous in pointing out abuses by yes, the USSR, the PR China and Korea DPR. Whether such beings were actually in the pay of the Soviet Union, or now the PRC would I admit seem unlikely. However, they do seem to have that instinctive 'soft left' bias charactersitic of much BBc output, for example. A product of hard left control of the education system pretty much unchallenged since 1960, but to address your point - No, I would be surprised if the AI supporters who used exiles to expose conditions in the USSR or Ceaucescu's Romania were paid agents of the USSR - sympathisers with its aims, certainly, but unlikely to be direct recipients of its largesse.

Where you dip into the realms of fantasy is by your comparison of the EHRC with Amnesty International. for a start, AI is not funded by the taxpayer. As to the 'excellent work' the EHRC this would suggest that you really need to attend some employment tribunals or indeed any 'diversity awareness' courses now made compulsory by these jokers to see the cost in terms of time and money that they impose. Phillips is arguably the only tolerable thing about the entire organisation. No doubt your prefer the aggressive attitude of his predecessor 'Gearbox' Singh who took advantage of his race to launch a drunken attack on two police officers at an India/England cricket match, and then predictably played the race card when rightly taken to task. 'Excellent work' no doubt in your eyes. A shocking sentiment, but understandable given the damage Osborne taking on the EHRC could do to the anti cuts lobby in proving to taxpayers just how much waste can be cut out.

Van Patten said...

First comment written early this morning before I had a chance to properly consider what you have written. A couple of points seriously concern me. If you really think the EHRC is analogous to Amnesty International I'd suggest you need to get out more. the UK is not Burma or Zimbabwe, and to say that Human Rights abuses would be rife without the EHRC (who in their earlier incarnations were devoted to stoking up sexism and racism, not eliminating it!? After all , the alleged racism and sexism was their raison d'etre. If it were eliminated, how would their, in many cases ample salaries and unobtainable (at least for their Private Sector contributors) pensions be maintained?

So, you'd have called in the EHRC over Cameron's perfectly justifiable response to Angela Eagle? (Already discussed ad nauseam here on a previous post) - which suggests a level of lunacy seldom seen outside of a mental institution. I note that at the moment the strikes are only likely to be 'an hour long' which suggests whichever UNITE or PCS reps called for them at least has some vague connection with reality. The EHRC's redundant nature can be extended probably across another 1 million public sector workers - that's where the cuts need to fall, with no impact whatsoever, except on the holders of these jobs. That certain local authorites see fit to cut items like libraries rather than their own diversity departments says much about their priorities.