No Regrets

February 9, 2012

Isn’t it just typical, an investigation and trial that cost £8m, the crime – alleged none payment of income tax, a sum of money in the region of £30,000. In the dock two men Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric, dragged through court and thankfully found not guilty.

these two men between them have apparently paid somewhere in the region of £190m in income tax over the years, and they will continue to contribute in the future, and those contributions will continue to be wasted, paying the wages of incompetent civil servants similar to those who brought this case to court.

Listening to Her Majesties Revenue and Customs spokesman Chris Martin pretty much sums up the problem, “we have no regrets about pursuing this case”, I’m sure he would have regrets if he was picking up the bill but he isn’t, the tax payer picks up the bill every time for the mistakes of these idiots. They are public servants yet the idea of actually serving the public is anathema to these people, they don’t see themselves as serving the country, they see themselves as running the country and sadly they are right.

Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric have faced their accusers and have been proved innocent, now its time for the HMRC and the Crown Prosecution Service to be placed under the microscope, agreed £30,000 isn’t a small sum of money, but someone made the decision to spend eight million pounds pursuing this prosecution, this failed prosecution, and heads should role for it, but of course that is never going to happen. Civil servants rarely fall on their sword as they did in bygone days, and they are almost impossible to sack, the standard reward for failure is a move sideways rather than the promotion they were hoping for, or in extreme cases of incompetence a golden handshake to ease the shove out the door that follows, and an assurance they will still receive their very handsome pensions.

The myth that civil servants receive large pensions, often more than they earned while doing their jobs, were to compensate them for accepting lower earnings in the public sector, as they would earn far more in the private sector, is just that a myth. It may have been true once upon a time, but that was before civil servants realised deciding how much they get paid was actually part of their job. In truth these people wouldn’t last five minutes in the private sector, would any private company sanction the payment of eight million pounds to recover thirty thousand pounds, of course not, so it looks like we are stuck with them – and the bill for their mistakes.