by Quinn

This fine weather’s not really conducive to blogging is it? And judging by the lack of recent updates on some of the other blogs I read I am not alone in that opinion. As predicted, The Obscurer’s rebirth on its own domain has been a bit akin to a toe-stubbing false start due to my general busyness, but in particular I have spent the past few days tipping cash into the pockets of assorted Premier Travel Inns, and swelling the coffers of various hostelries in Llandudno, Betws-Y-Coed and Manchester.

On my travels, however, I couldn’t help but notice that David Cameron has declared a truce between the Conservative party and the public sector, and I thought this would be worthy of a post. Regular readers, or at least regular readers who have paid attention, will know that I work in the public sector, and have written a few posts in its defence. So I resolved to return to the subject on my return home.

The gist was going to be that that you would expect me to cheer a speech by Cameron on the virtues of the public services, when many comments on the subject seem to tar all public sector workers with the same “lazy and inefficient” brush. In fact I was going to say that assuming that public sector workers are more caring and dedicated than their private sector counterparts, that they have a more vocational ethos, is every bit at stupid as suggesting we are all bone idle. I was going to say that public sector workers are not a breed apart from private sector workers; that most of us have worked in the private sector at some point and haven’t become either lazier or more caring just because our employer has changed. I would have gone on to say that personally I didn’t so much choose to work in the public sector as choose to do a job which just happened to be in the public sector, and that many of my colleagues feel the same way. I hope I have always done my job to the besy of my ability regardless of where my wages have come from. Just because Cameron has now made a flattering generalisation about the public sector doesn’t make it any less silly for all that.

But then, when I did get home and looked at David Cameron’s speech I realised that he didn’t actually say anything of any substance, and so there wasn’t anything to criticise or applaud in the first place; and so it was that the main purpose of this post came a cropper. Never mind. However, if Cameron thought that holding out an olive branch to this public sector worker would make me more likely to vote for him (and vote grabbing was surely his main motivation) then he is very much mistaken; although he is probably onto a loser with me anyway. I dutifully promise, however, that the moment his party actually comes up with something even vaguely resembling a policy then I will consider it in full; but I think we may well be in for a long wait.