Sunday, March 16, 2008

Criticism is not allowed

Via The Daily Brute, it seems that the mandarins have hunted down Civil Serf.
An internet blogger who published derisive accounts of life as a civil servant at the heart of the Brown Government has been identified and suspended.

Known by the pseudonym Civil Serf, she is a middle manager in the Department for Work and Pensions and had been on its fast-track promotion scheme.

The 33-year-old from London, who launched a one-woman assault on Ministers and mandarins, has now been stripped of her Government laptop and had her security clearance revoked.

I imagine that her identity must have been fairly obvious because it surely wasn't worth expending massive amounts of time on; after all, she'd taken the blog down.
She was caught after the Government dedicated a team of computer experts to track her down across the internet.

A source in the DWP said it was an extraordinary outlay of resources as the team was told to clear their desks of everything except their hunt for Civil Serf.

The Department of Work and Pensions has one of the most massive budgets in the whole of the state apparatus; Social Security alone runs to over £120 billion per annum. Further, the DWP's budget is absolutely riven with fraud and mismanagement—the whole ministry is a fucking disgrace.

Therefore, I really don't think that hunting down one blogger who was merely providing the details that fleshed out what we already knew—that the DWP is entirely inept and fucking useless—is a good use of resources.

Not entirely surprisingly, the Minister for the Department of Work and Pensions, James "the spitting image of one of the Devil's gay friends" Purnell, has never voted for a transparent Parliament (although he did manage to spend an extra £148,064 of our money in expenses last year. John Lewis must have been overjoyed).

Ah well, good luck to Civil Serf: she provided us with entertainment and insight into the wastefulness of the state for a few months, which is more than can be said for James "my mouth writhes across my face like a snake being tortured and it's really creepy" Purnell.


Henry Crun said...

DK, Purnell's official sobriquet is "Photoshop".

Budgie said...

We need more whistle blowers like Civil Serf to expose the incompetence, waste and fraud at the heart of Labour's make-work castle of lies. Any volunteers?

mitch said...

how does it go ...oh yeah first they come for afraid the police state is here.

Anonymous said...

I came across some of her postings on the net. Dynamite!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone take a copy? I never got to read it.

Bishop Brennan said...

It's outrageous what Civil Serf did!

From what she said, anyone would think that:

- Gordon Brown was an utter cunt: he's actually one of the nicest people I've ever met. And he's never been anywhere near a rocking horse, a ridiculous lie made up by someone who claimed to be Peter Mandelson (who is, in fact, the best Euro Commissioner there has ever been).

- Alastair Darling was unfit to be Chancellor: he is probably the best Chancellor, except Gordon himself of course, in the last 100 years (at least). I'd personally vote for him to be Chancellor in perpetuity.

- Ed Balls was an arse: he is actually the smartest person I've ever met. That's why he would have been right to say 'so what' (he actually said 'so weak') when the leader of the opposition was mentioning the odd downside of the Gov't's policies. The reality is that the Gov't has been responsible for the best period in the UK's recent economic history, and it is simply world events that mean that this may not continue over the next few years.

- Yvette Cooper was some kind of common tart: she's actually the sweetest, kindest (and most beautiful) Minister I've ever had the pleasure of seeing.

- The Treasury and the civil service had been politicised by GB and Gus O'Donnell: it's actually the most diverse place in the world in terms of views. People there come from all sorts of backgrounds, right-wing views are just as welcome as left-wing.

- Our schools and NHS were amongst the worst in the developed world, and our welfare system didn't work: the NHS remains the envy of the world, and children are better educated and better behaved (thanks to our support for parents) than they ever were with the old Grammar and assisted places approach, and in the absence of welfare for all.

Life as a civil servant is fantastic, not just because of the modest pension, etc. that we receive, but because we work for the nicest - and most dedicated - group of Ministers this country has ever had.

Tom Watson - will this do?