Anytime someone smacks up the public service is a good time. In the UK the civil service is facing a new assault from after ministers vowed to quadruple Whitehall savings to £20 billion-a-year with a fresh round of jobs cuts and potential redundancies. If only our own government would get cracking on making savings like this.
Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, has pledged to introduce tighter controls which could mean the loss of thousands more civil service jobs.
He will also increase savings by tackling fraud, wasteful spending on major projects, temporary workers and badly-negotiated contracts over the next three years.
Mr Maude is planning the huge acceleration in his cost-cutting across Whitehall over the next three years, after exceeding his target of £5 billion in savings over the last year.
If he manages to make the predicted cuts, the efficiency drive will save £1,000 per year for every taxpaying family in Britain.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Maude says has faced “significant resistance” in Whitehall and admits the new savings “won’t be easy”.