Category Archives: fairness

In which we all hold our breath …

There’s a moment before any action when you take that deep breath to calm your nerves and fuel your muscles. The pause before whatever has to come next. I’ve felt a similar sense of tingling expectancy out in the woods … Continue reading

Posted in fairness, HR departments, memories, Public sector, Public service, Redundancy, rejection letters, rules and regulations, war on the deficit | Tagged , | 11 Comments

In which I talk about something really important (for once) …

The Broken of Britain – The Disabled Peoples’ Campaign – has invited people to take part in a Blogswarm. It’s a month before the consultation on proposed changes to the Disability Living Allowance ends on 14 February. You may be … Continue reading

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In which I get sorting …

I finally got around to several things I have been putting off getting to grips with. There’s a point in the break-up of most relationships when you have to move beyond the emotional turbulence to deal with the practicalities. So … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, Coalition, CSR2010, fairness, Redundancy, rejection letters | 5 Comments

In which I get down with the (very angry)kids again …

*** UPDATE*** My children have obviously been pondering the whole issue of inter-generational equity today. They have just told me that – with regret – they and their friends will be unable to make any contribution to my generation’s health … Continue reading

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In which I celebrate another unwanted milestone …

The inevitability of today arriving doesn’t make it any less unreal or unwanted. Today is the last day of the first half of my notice period. More simply, at the witching hour tonight I will begin the down slope which … Continue reading

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In which I ‘gate-keep’ …

This post orginally appeared in Patrick Butler’s Cuts Blog on 19 November 2010 and appears here by kind permission of The Guardian. _______________________________________________ It’s open season on public servants. These are just a few of my “favourites” from the national press: … Continue reading

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In which we hear from an old friend …

A long newsy letter arrived in the RPS household today from an old friend. She’s not a person for the internet favouring instead the old-fashioned virtues of a card, and envelope and a stamp. She’s that sort of person. Solid, … Continue reading

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In which I reflect on the storm after the battle …

It’s Trafalgar Day so you’ll forgive me a brief historical excursion. 205 years ago the British navy inflicted a comprehensive defeat on the combined fleet of France and Spain. It did so by executing a bold plan with rigorous professionalism. … Continue reading

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In which I try to be a comfort to quango colleagues on this their ‘day of days’ …

It’s going to be a hellish bad day (again) for many colleagues in all sorts of organisations. So this is for you as you contemplate the untruths that will be said about you and wonder what any of you ever … Continue reading

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In which I wonder if I am undeserving too …

So the last fringe event is over, the tepid wine (not champagne, not on camera at any rate) drunk and party activists packed off home from the fleshpots of Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. How much of the conference magic dust … Continue reading

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