September 16th, 2013

Pickles Pilgrim Reforms Will Save £400,000-a-Year

Militant PCS union getting off from their court battle with Eric Pickles hit DCLG in the pocket to the tune of £90,000. Good news then that the department’s union reforms are saving that figure several times over. New stats show cutting back on trade union facility time will save £400,000-a-year of taxpayers’ money. They have already cut back on the bonkers £245,644-a-year the department was spending under the Prime Mentalist in 2008/9, though £40,000-a-year is still far too high. An encouraging start but still a long way to go…

UPDATE: DCLG get in touch to stress that PCS now owe them money rather than the other way round.


  1. 1
    The Fix says:

    Can we Borrow Mr Putin for Six months?


  2. 4
    Gideon says:

    ££153,814-a-year? Your lovely banker friends Geedes laugh at that sort of money


    • 8
      The economy for dummies says:

      Banker money = private money

      Gummint money = public money


      • 17
        Gideon says:

        Banker money is not private money it is my money and everyone who has an account with them including HMG, in the hands of gamblers, if they want to gamble use their own money.


        • 22
          The economy for dummies says:

          Private money does not mean it’s not stolen, but its private as in its not stolen from the taxpayer.


          • Gideon says:

            Sunshine it is money that is loaned to banks, the British public hold bankers in distain after what they did under moron Gordon, they are on the lowest level in peoples estimation below that of politicos and estate agents


          • Maqboul says:

            Then don’t hand over your money to bankers, numbnutz. Do you even have a piggy bank?


  3. 5
    Drake's Drum says:

    But stopping people from doing union business on the firm’s time is a management issue. How’s Pickles going to make sure that it happens (or doesn’t happen)?


    • 38
      Engineer says:

      He’s going to sit very firmly on the practice. That’ll put a stop to it.


    • 52
      Eeyore says:

      One of the unacknowledged problems – but a big one – is that in the public sector the bosses doing the negotiating often belong to the union in question.

      Where’s the incentive to wring out the best deal for the taxpayer?


  4. 6
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Nothing stops Mr Pickles, the think man’s John Prescott.

    The “Pilgrims” are on the run, their waste and cronyism has been flushed out for all to see.

    But it shows the idle ways of the public sector, this should be banned in a flash but it’s taking years to achieve small change.


  5. 7
    Herman's New Deal and the Pirates says:


  6. 9
    Anonymous says:

    A small amount to pay to get these parasite pilgrims off our backs


  7. 10
    Basil Fawlty says:

    That’s that low life NHS head Nicholson’s pension for one year covered.


  8. 12
    Muslimphobe says:

    So – no comments allowed in the established press about the ‘Muslim’ woman (accused of intimidating a witness) being forced to face-strip in court. But …

    … only when she gives evidence.

    Two cheers for the judge, but one missing because the jury won’t be allowed to see her expressions when the case (and evidence) is unveiled against her.

    Where’s the ‘justice’ in that (that this Judge seems so keen on upholding)?


    • 18
      Jury says:

      Guilty anyway


    • 19
      Judge creadful says:

      Making decisions on the credibility of a witness based on demeanour alone is actually pretty dangerous.

      On the other hand the woman may find that hiding her face does her no favours – as adverse inferences may be drawn from her decision not to allow the jury to see it. It will only take one muslim on the jury who knows she is taking the piss, or a muslim prosecutor for that matter and things will go quite hard for her. It is in any event hard to empathise with or trust a person who does not trust you.


    • 23
      Hell's Angel is a religion says:

      Full dress for me next time I’M in court.


    • 25
      Justice Fingers says:

      Off with her head. Then it’s academic.


  9. 14
    Big deal says:

    What about the rest of the government departments? And all those quangos? And the fake ‘charities’?


  10. 16
    Tom Woolf says:

    Just wait for all the local government pilgrims..that will be the real bonfire of the vanities


    • 26
      The public says:

      We’ve already been waiting far too long for the indolent Mr Pickles to deal with that can of worms.


    • 46
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      Oi Tom– it’s after Labor Day, and you’re still wearing white? Tres, nay trop, gauche! (And learn how to spell your name right– it’s “Wolfe”!)

      Seriously, anyone who has never read Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing The Flak Catchers, by Tom Wolfe, and seen how the sort of Champagne Socialism and “community organising” (read: “shakedown”) going on today has been going on for over forty years (especially on the local level), get ahold of it if you can– he’s writing about America ca. 1970, but only that little minor detail is any different to what’s been taking place in the entire culture and Establishment of the West. It’s only grown worse since then.


  11. 21
    Hoots! It's Clown says:

    That Costa Concordia business reminds of when my pedallo went aground in the Dunoon water park.


    • 39
      Gordon McDoom says:

      Don’t ..That’s my recurring nightmare. Floating out to sea on a broken pedallo. And only one person on the beach can hear my ever increasingly loud cries for help.
      And its Tony Blair…lying on the beach getting his tan topped up..and he just smiles at me and waves casually as I float off.

      And I’m stuck on a broken pedallo in my best soviet era , ill-fitting suit, watching an ice cream eating Tony Blair get smaller and smaller until all I can make out are his grinning teeth.

      I wonder what it means?


  12. 33
    David Ward says:

    Right. I’m off to the real Conference.

    The Wannsee one..


  13. 40
    John Tandy says:

    Merely a beginning….


  14. 45
    Displaced Brummie says:

    This is a good start. It creates a foundation. Next stop the NHS and Councils.


  15. 48
    but, but, but says:

    Parkinson diagnosed with Connollys


  16. 53
    Eeyore says:

    ‘…will save £400,000-a-year of taxpayers’ money. They have already cut back on the bonkers £245,644-a-year the department was spending under the Prime Mentalist in 2008/9, though £40,000-a-year is still far too high.’

    Try as I might, I can’t make sense of this. Might there just be the teensiest error in the numbers?


  17. 55
    Jimmy says:

    Are the numbers from CCHQ or are they genuine?


  18. 57
    Anon says:

    Pickles for PM!


  19. 59

    Eric usf to be a Bradford lad


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