Here's how to run the government...

Every so often some worthy in government claims the breathtaking innovative idea of making the public service more like the private sector.

Let's remember how the private sector works:

In firms I've worked for we enjoyed: lunch provided by the employer, free alcohol whenever one wanted it, another firm provided drinks every Friday afternoon; a firm-hosted picnic day once a quarter, free Christmas parties...all good stuff. I'm awaiting the government following suit.

I see private sector workers (I guess...they are not dressed like public servants) in the city bars near me from about 3pm every day; more on Fridays.

All wonderful.

Now let's look at private sector performance:

Phillip Morris and purchase of 7UP: they couldn't make a quid on it and eventually sold it.
New Coke: big loss...let's get 'Coke Classic' back on the shelves.
VW and its emissions scandal.
Enron and Arthur Andersens and their shared scandal.
Xerox's numerous forays into IT, and back out again at huge losses (not to forget DEC, Compaq, IBM's late run at PC, Blackbery...)
And things you might not have heard of:
Bic underwear, Heinz cleaning vinegar, Virgin Cola, Gerber Singles (baby food for adults), Harley Davidson perfume, Pepsi AM.
Some things you have heard of:
Ford's Edsell (old now, but a goodie from the private sector experts), or what about the GM bailout from the US government because they cocked up their finances/customer knowledge/product development/forecasting/you name it?
A few from Australia: Queensland Nickel, SPC cannery, every car manufacturer, Arrium (SA steel mfgr), Australian Submarine Corporation, it goes on and on.

I'd think for some things, the  public sector is a safer bet than the private...at least we can toss the clowns out every few years.


Its in the numbers

8000 pups killed every year: shut down the industry ( in NSW)

But over 10 times that number of babies killed...quite acceptable.

Child sacrifice is an active part of the modern West.


Range Eggs

I used to buy range eggs, but only because they were free; today, in protest at their not being free at all, I bought cage eggs. I felt great. Who cares about chickens? Even dumber than regular birds.



It's 9pm on count the vote night:

Maybe the Liberals are down.

Here's why:

The 'great communicator' didn't.

They lied about 18C and kept it.

They killed the retirement plans and aspirations of too many.

They acted like socialists with their funding support of socialist causes

No coherent...rather, no economic or jobs strategy at all.

They had no story to tell.

Well, they possibly did, but they didn't tell it.

Turnbull acted like a closet ALP stooge.

And if they don't go down, I hope the senate is stacked against them.