Monday, June 26, 2006
The Most Bloated Quango in the Quangosphere
Regular readers will know that've had the odd pop at the Electoral Commission, one of the most bloated establishments in that growth industry of all growth industries, the quangosphere. So it was with a wry smile that I learned today that the Electoral Commission are focusing on the important things that matter to restore confidence in British’s electoral system - the creation of their own trade union! They held a ballot to decide what to do and managed a turnout of 74% of their 136 staff. Yes, you read that correctly, 136 staff. I suppose it's ironic that in the very organisation which is trying to increase electoral turnout 1 in 4 didn't vote, but maybe that was because the ballot was organised not by the Electoral Commission staff, but its management. And true to form, there is an internecine battle going on within the trade unions to see who should be the 'lead' union. THIS page from the PCSU website leaves us in no doubt what their view is. I do hope it will be part of Ken Clarke's Democracy Commission remit to re-examine the role and operation of the Electoral Commission.