Slashing those costs

Ooher missus as Frankie Howerd used to say, talk about slashing costs. No aircraft carriers for 10 years, short term council house lets, no more dosh for  wayward 6th formers,  privatise the fire service…. actually,  that all sounds like music to the ears here at allatsea towers. Bring it on.
Now call me horrid if you like, but over the years there’s been a growing suspicion in the towers that our ‘wonderful’ (their words not mine) emergency services are being feted with praise that is very often wholly undeserved. For instance, there are numerous examples of her majesty’s testicle scratchers routinely executing drunks and the simple of mind for waving toy pistols or dodgy looking bits of wood about in public. This done with the ubiquitous excuse and general public sector catch-all of, ‘in the interests of public safety’. Numerous examples of testicle scratchers standing by and witnessing children drown in lakes or impotently watching gun crime victims bleed to death because they are ‘untrained for the circumstances’ or have assessed the risk to themselves to be too great to give assistance. All touching and altruistic stuff.
Now we’ve got the July bombings inquest under way and all we’re hearing is the deafening lack of praise for the firefighters and other ’emergency’ services. Why’s that we wonder? Because  it seems, say witness after witness, after witness, that the fire-crews and others were huddled up at street level quoting risk assessment and HSE bollocks while people bled to death in the tube train wreckage below their feet. Testimony to a pretty shambolic crowd of neer do wells and shirkers. They get to retire at 50 too, bless them.
Let’s hope the gov treat them with the the respect that they deserve, seemingly, very little.

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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