My thanks to a loyal reader for posting the following comment yesterday:
"Perhaps the sheeple will begin to understand why a Labour Research Department stress survey report recently showed HMRC and the DfT experience stress levels way above average?
I find it remarkable that no-one appears to have joined the dots wrt this terrible fact...
07/12/2010 Sir Gus O'D appointed a certain Links Homer as CEO at the DfT...
Coincidence, conspiracy fact, inconvenience, mistake, fate, promotion, revolving doors again?
Call it what you like but who is the current CEO of HMRC appointed some 2 years later by the same Sir Gus O'D?
Can't believe PCS failed so badly to seize this opportunity for some publicity, but then what can you expect?
What about you Ken, believe in coincidence or is it Karma?
Time for the smoke and mirrors to be replaced by reality, stress costs money, taxpayers money, which in these austere times is earned harder than ever.
Why the heck the oppressed staff are not banging on their M.P.'s doors I do not know, or is there a moratorium over HMRC because of any pending privatisation or part-privatisation of the tax system?I would observe that the civil service, much like the City, works on a principle of "a charmed circle"; wherein it's not what you know, but who you know. Hence revolving doors are favoured and used by many (the higher up the pecking order).
As to caring about privatisation, I personally think that this would be a disaster:
- costs would skyrocket
- efficiency would fall
- taxpayers' confidentiality would be thrown out of the window (probably quite literally) etc.
As to why staff and non staff are not screaming at their MPs, I honestly don't know.
As to PCS, I suspect it believes that it too is part of the "charmed circle".
As ever, comments and views are very welcome.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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