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Monday, July 17, 2006
I Had That John Prescott in the Back of My Cab Once...
If we ever neededm proof that there was waste at the heart of government, this morning's Guardian Media Section provides it. The above advert is for a Parliamentary Officer for the Government Car & Despatch Agency. It pays £21.505-£28,706. The first line of the advert reads...
Running any fleet of vehicles can be a very exacting experirence, but when your customers include Tony Blair and Gordon Brown then you have to be on your toes!
But these are nothing to the horrors of running a Government Car Service for the Deputy prime Minister. How, for example, do you account for all those special detours to Doncaster?
You might think that one Parliamentary Officer was quite enough for an insignificant Government quango, but oh no, the Parliamentary Officer reports to the Director of Government Mail - whoever that is.
A cushier job, I cannot imagine.
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Knew you wouldnt let John Prescott get off the front page!
"I had that John Prescott in the back of my Doncaster semi once (or twice, or...)"
And as for keeping on one's toes when Tony and Gordon are one's "customers", well the chaps over on Guido's site have QUITE a different perspective on that requirement. Shocking.
"Working to the Director of Government Mail, the ideal candidate must have strong writing skills..."
Somewhat stronger than the author of this advertisement one would hope!
I might apply for that, I quite like cats.
The money isn't too great, but I bet the perks (lots of blackmailing opportunities) make up for it.
Particularly if you stutter !
Having re-read the advertisement - is it really appropriate to personalise two government mimisters for whom this lowly civil servant would be working - especially when one of those named may only remain in office for a very short while?
The "Director of Government Mail" would do well to remember that he and his staff are there to serve whoever is in Government, rather than patronising the incumbents.
I think that Blair yesterday and this advertisement tells us all that we are in for quite a shock.
Blair intends to rule for as long as his ticker ticks. The message is quite simple the Blair/Brown Co-Government will continue far longer than anyone thought, wishes or expects. They have the majority! They can change the law. No elections
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