Getting the sack

*Boris’s column in the Daily Telegraph touches on his recent sacking experience*

He recommends getting humiliatingly sacked as a means of awakening a new compassion, in friend and foe alike. It truly does appear to melt the hearts of all rivals… (how else could he have featured on page two of a national newspaper in Argentina recently?)

By contrast he also refers to the tens of thousands across Britain who sadly face the loss of their jobs, through no fault of their own. This is very largely owing to the trend of the public sector growing at too fast a rate, thereby involving much waste. For example, from April 2003 to April 2004, the number of officials in Whitehall expanded by 12,280. There is too much political correctness and a massive transfer of wealth has taken place from the productive to the non-productive sectors of the economy.

Read on… here

12 thoughts on “Getting the sack”

  1. And how many more jobs are to go when ID cards replace all those tasks presently done by hand?

    Will Labour ever learn? (Sorry, that was a bit of an oxymoron.)

  2. The explosion in non productive administrative employment does indeed represent cause for concern.
    The lack of a substantial manufacturing base in Britain may present as yet unseen consequences, a percentage of graduates entering the employment market will find themselves pointed towards unfulfilling work and mind numbing boredom.
    Whats the answer Boris, sack them all? of course, this is ammo for a floundering Conservative party, but not socially acceptable to a responsible government.
    Present facts and figures, show us the consequence of this unproductive population against the consequence of increased unemployment.
    Will the productive public benefit from seeing hundreds of thousands of unproductive workers losing their jobs ?
    I think not to the extent you would have us believe.
    It seems that the government are now in the unenvialble position of having thrust at them the accolade of “buggered if we do and buggered if we don’t”
    Employment or unemployment? not a choice you will probably ever need to consider.

  3. Excellent news, Mr J., a call for a recognition of the plight of the working man, who is subject to the loss of his means of supporting his family due to the whims of the running dogs of capitalism.
    Welcome to the world of compassion and socialism, Bozza. Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.
    Will ‘New Conservatives’, under your leadership, have the abolition of the stock exchange and the removal of poverty at the forefront of its manifesto?

  4. Fabulous article. Shove that up Michael Portillo’s nose and ask him again who’s out of touch.

  5. I love an article that can make me laugh one moment (the Ilfracombe jacket) and reach for the dictionary the next (emoluments). Education, education, education indeed. 😉

    Although, when considering the shift from manufacturing to service, I have to ponder the damage done to industry in this country during the eighties. I know it’s too simple to blame the lack of manufacturing jobs now on the last Tory government, but surely they must shoulder a sizable portion of the blame here?

    I shall now pop off for a moment whilst this comment gets shot down in flames. Let me know when it’s safe to come back. 🙂

  6. What a chap! To humour us all with witty comments on his own sacking, marvellous! Legend in every sense of the word! Hero!

  7. Boris like Sebastian? Surely I can’t be the only one who saw Boris’ Thatcher-spotting as admiration, and not sheer lust?

    Top-notch article as ever though, Boris. But with all this talk of sackings, Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust is stuck in my head. I shouldn’t sound like I’m complaining, should I? At least it’s not a Busted song…

  8. “…There are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.”

    Quote of the day, will be using this in a discussion about nudity in the workplace (A Bad Thing) that is ongoing in this office.

  9. > emoluments

    It means “tips” – not too difficult.

    As for the general thrust of the article … well, it’s a *bit weak*.

    The message seems to be: “You’re going to lose your job; but never mind – it did me no harm.” Well, no, but you have about four “jobs” on the go, Boris, and can’t really have been putting much effort into any of them, or you’d have never slept. (Nor have had any time for your “extra-curricular activities”.) It’s just not the same for most people.

    That’s not to say job cuts wouldn’t be a good idea, but there is no easy answer here. And noticing that there will be losers, but telling them not to worry is *not* an advance on not noticing. If I didn’t know better, I’d say you were getting a backhander to spread FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Distress) from

    italics … the other side … end italics

    But I’m not making a point for one side or the other. I’m just pointing out that it’s a complex matter and that little piece gets us no further forward.

  10. >>”noticing that there will be losers, but telling them not to worry is *not* an advance on not noticing”

    The alternative, I suppose, would be to notice – and the tell them to worry. Would you have preferred that?

  11. It means “tips” – not too difficult.’s explanation was rather more thorough, which is why I use it to look up words I’m unsure of, rather than asking for definitions on here, thank you.

    And Scaryduck: on first reading I must admit I thought it was the nudity that was ongoing in your office, rather than the discussion! Or, maybe it was? Do tell. 🙂

  12. Aaron – Boris & Sebastian? Is that not a sweet soctish indie band? Hang on I might have missed something here. May be they should lead the tory party.

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