True tales from Britain’s public sector (1)

Your editor went for a job interview the other day – at a Higher Education public sector organisation which will remain nameless.

One of the interview questions was “what issues are facing the Higher Education sector at the moment”. The correct answer was “the funding crisis”. Continue reading “True tales from Britain’s public sector (1)”

The life and death of a local authority officer (sob sob)

The Guardian often publishes anonymous contributions by public sector staff (managers and above; not anything yukky like, say, dustmen). The “secret teacher”. The “anonymous housing officer”. The “secret policeman”. And so on. Invariably it turns out that the anonymous (why anonymous?) writer is hard-working, over-worked, misunderstood by the public and ill-appreciated by government. Who does nothing but save the vulnerable from morning to night. Continue reading “The life and death of a local authority officer (sob sob)”