Gordon Brown wants to cut public spending without affecting “the vital frontline services on which people depend.”
So here’s an easy way to cut the NHS budget: fire every single manager, administrator and accountant from the health service. Only keep the doctors, nurses and technicians. And then the health service will operate as follows – everyone runs around the country, trying to find someone to treat them. If you can find a doctor, grab him and hold on, then he has to treat you. A sort of anarchic state of nature, but with health professionals. Sorted.
We could also fire all military personnel above the rank of General. Keep the vital frontline soldiers – the ones with actual tanks and guns and stuff – but do away with the red tape and bureaucracy of senior staff who, you know, tell them what to shoot at.
It sounds absurd, of course. So now let’s discuss Ed Balls’ dazzling plan to make savings in education by getting rid of head teachers…