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Oh Britain, what have you done (part ∞+3)?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Nick_G, Mar 8, 2018.

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  1. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    Actually no sorry. I averaged 20 per month over 12 years..how many's that?
  2. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    Lol, go and speak to people that have been working there since I started there and ask them what they call it. BERR, DIT and BIS have never caught one.

    And so what anyway?
  3. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    Very, very true. But I was liked by the companies. And sharper than enough of them. So I held my ground. A bigger pot of piss-poor talent I never worked alongside before or after. So in that sense I was suited.
  4. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    If you were a civil servant with associated annual leave and public holidays, then about 2100 interviews in 10 years.
  5. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    12 years!
  6. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    Leaving aside you edited your post after mine; say 2500
  7. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    Thanks. I've told myself at least a million times I need to stop exaggerating.
  8. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    So why did you leave ? You would have top dog by now surely.
  9. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    I am not sure I am the cream either....but as Cav said I just was not suited to it. I couldn't stand commitment to targets, protocol, doing stuff to make the place look more needed than it is. The waste was also awe-inspiring. All the departments would spend their money on garbage projects at the end of the year to make sure they got at least as much again the following year from the Treasury. We'd do mini research projects that noone wanted. They'd send me on a flight to Glasgow to interview a company about a 500 quid grant, based on the idea that the advice we give in the meetings and data we capture was priceless. One guy was not doing his job at all, complete tosser, box-ticker extraordinaire and the manager managed to lose him via redundancy. 1 year later he had to give him his job back when the budget came back because they had to readvertise the job in the public media by law. One manager was on £80k per year for 10 years, off sick on depression.

    After 2 years I realised it was a joke and handed my notice in but then there was a bun in the oven, so I asked to cancel it. It was so easy and so well paid for what I did, I just kept doing it. All adding to my anti-establishment, cynical view probably. Should have just run after 2 years.
  10. notaclue

    notaclue pfm Member

    So we're taking back control of our trade policy from Brussels bureaucrats... and handing it over to Liam Fox and David Davis and civil servants like richgilb.

    Economic collapse by Xmas 2019? I'd have thought so.
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  11. Enfield boy

    Enfield boy pfm Member

    Weatherspoons?? Aren't they well known for zero hours? The Jeremy HHHHHunt show, hasn't that imposed a wage cut on it's staff for the last 8 yrs, as well as changing contracts, reducing job grades, enforcing overtime, reducing higher grades and spreading work among grades below? This is Tory Britain but let's blame the EU while we get our sovereignty back.
  12. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    They're not like me, though. I did not really fit in at all. But the insult you sling is a worry in the sense that there was noone there of higher calibre than me. It seemed to get more gloopy and pedestrian the further up the tree you went.

    The first thing I'd do is get rid of most of the DTI and all its ineffective regional stuff.

    Then I'd probably hand it over to people of your calibre and associated PFM experts.
  13. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    I did differentiate and say token Brexiteer Wetherspoons somewhere.

    Post 1554!
  14. Enfield boy

    Enfield boy pfm Member

    Well, I was surprised it took him so long to realise his error, losing £250m on day one after the vote should've given him a clue, perhaps he couldn't hear it through the sub-Branson hair.
    But NO, it was your claim that Weatherspoons were benign and appealing, perhaps I just didn't get the irony, sorry.
  15. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    Sorry, I did slip up that Wetherspoons were in the show etc. I did, as I said, mention them in a different light later on.

    Personally, I had doubts before the bus thing, only a couple of hours after the result. Upon Cameron's resignation, actually. I then realised we had a massive clusterfvk of bickering, backstabbing and Tory self-serving crap ahead of us.
  16. Enfield boy

    Enfield boy pfm Member

    Agreed,they do look like a weird mix of vultures, cadavers and condemned.
  17. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    I get all that. I get that in top businesses and institutions there is incompetence and laziness rewarded with privilege and wealth

    But I don't get how that is a specifically EU problem, or how leaving the EU will do anything to ameliorate it.
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  18. kendo

    kendo Prussian bot

  19. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    It's not...I'm wandering!
  20. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    That goes without saying. How on earth could there be anyone of a higher calibre than you?

    Are you brilliant at everything?
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