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Root out public sector and bank 'untouchables'

Every working couple pays for one civil servant and one unemployed, says Eamonn Blaney

Published 22/08/2010 | 05:00

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.

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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.

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