it has become apparent that the reason Ipsa are creating non-jobs for “communications officers” at twenty grand a year more than MPs are paid is to spin the “MPs are bullying our staff” rubbish
Really, Tom? Overpaid quangocrats spinning rubbish? Gosh ... where have I heard that before? Non-jobs? Hmmm ... I'm sure it will come to me.
A newly-elected colleague, one of the nicest and most courteous people I’ve met, phoned up Ipsa to tell him that his staff still had not been paid, nearly two months after being appointed. The official told him that they would not now be paid until the end of July.
“That’s unacceptable,” my colleague pointed out.
“Don’t get aggressive with me, sir,” said the official.Pointing out the fact that it is unacceptable to expect people to work for free is not being aggressive.
A jumped-up jobsworth with an overblown sense of entitlement? I can almost taste it, it's so close.
One other observation made by a number of colleagues recently: why did Ipsa choose one of the most expensive locations in the country – central London – to set up their plush offices? Surely when we’re trying to cut costs across the public sector and Ipsa pride themselves on denying MPs face time anyway, nothing would have prevented them working from an industrial estate in Glasgow or the north of England?
What's that you say? Unelected civil servants swanning around in plush offices at their convenience on the taxpayer's dime?
Oh, I've got it, Tom!
That's exactly what 13 years of Labour government have made every occasion of dealing with the civil service like for the rest of us. It is exactly how life is for the rest of us, and it's like that for exactly the same reason: Labour, with an unassailable majority, introduced an endless sea of badly-drafted, badly-thought-through, knee-jerk law to cope with things because that's all they knew.
At the time, I said that I didn't think IPSA was going to be a good idea, because, like every other fucking thing you cunts did in power, it was a knee-jerk solution cobbled up by a couple of fuckwits who lived their lives in the political bubble. I was quite happy for you guys to claim legitimate expenses through the old system. You guys took the fucking piss and in a frantic fit of being seen to be doing something, this half-baked, fatuous cock-up was created.
This is exactly how every fucking law you cunts drafted turned out for us: driven by the need to have a soundbite, you rammed legislation through without debate and without thought while remaining entirely immune from the consequences.
Every time an MP whines about IPSA, my soul blooms a little. Because the exact same thing you did to us for the last 13 years has finally come to bite you useless fuckers on the arse. Perhaps now you can have the slightest taste of what every dealing with the government we have is like. And thanks to your insatiable lust for creating law, we now also have more frequent dealings with the fuckers.
So Tom: I hope you continue complaining, I hope to see MPs screaming for years to come and I truly hope that IPSA remains an incompetent thorn in your arse for the remainder of your life as an MP. Because that needs to remind you fuckers to think before you legislate.
Suffer you over-entitled fucker. Welcome to the world you cunts have created for us.
PS The post closes with the following rather telling words:
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