The British civil service, eh? Makes you proud…
Well, yes, Tom. Which is why we don't want to be subject to their every whim.
But the government that you were a member of has increased their power immensely. If you—a politician!—think that the civil service is incompetent and clueless, why the bloody hell did you keep passing vast wads of legislation that gave them ever more power over us proles?
Oh, yeah: because it's one rule for the plebs and another for our Lords and Masters...
P.S. By the way, Tom, I have to point out that—as far as I am concerned—the more that MPs suffer, the better.
And if you and your colleagues are feeling sorry for yourselves, just remember that—had we engaged in the sort of massive fraud that MPs took part in—we would be trying to avoid picking up the soap in the prison showers right now.
Consider yourselves lucky.