Root out public sector and bank 'untouchables'
Every working couple pays for one civil servant and one unemployed, says Eamonn Blaney
We have now reached the stage where for every one person on the Live Register there is another person, who is a public servant. So for the purpose of simplicity, we can say that there are 450,000 people unemployed and 450,000 public and civil servants.
This accounts for 900,000 people out of the total workforce of 2.1 million. Or put another way, nearly a quarter of the entire workforce is in the public service and a quarter unemployed.
With those kinds of numbers you would expect that we would have the most efficient public service on the planet.