Speaking as a minor bureaucrat, my salary is decent, though I've earned much higher in two previous jobs. My wages have gone down in recent years (since we were reformed by Kinnock in 2004) personally I've seen around an 8% decrease, more if cost-of-living is considered. Strangely enough we *are* currently offered a decent pension, but this seems likely to be reformed negatively before I get anywhere near to claim it - I'm paying much larger contributions that when I was in the UK!
According to the EP figures, the number of EU bureaucrats is around 55K, dwarfed by the size of Brummy Council, but why let facts get in the way of a good discussion?
My children attend a school, which isn't 'private' but 'european'; it was built in the 1960's at the launch of the EEC project, its budget is relentlessly cut, the local state hardly maintains it and the UK state is helpfully offering to withdraw all English teachers.
Cameron did do a 'reform' recently on a bunch of bureaucrats, he savaged the Commonwealth Secretariat, wildly increasing their salaries and updating their perks...trebles all round! quote "The reforms included a 3.8% increase in the salaries of all staff, and the provision of non-contributory private healthcare and dental cover for all staff and their immediate families." I don't remember the Daily Mail mentioning this? Just checked the DM website history and they must have missed this..
details here on the Commonwealth Secretariat website http://www.thecommonwealth.org/Internal/191086/20728/191203/247264/tacos/
They get an education allowance of £18706 upwards.....
Back to the Digital Agenda 2020, it's very important that TheRegister should keep commenting on the political social technical implications. I'm still not sure if the EP actually will vote for the 'slashed' budget for the next 7 years, but as the MEP's are politicians I guess they might. I'm sure we technocrats/bureaucrats will find a way to encourage safe, inclusive growth in the online citizenship realm whilst respecting privacy and avoiding market excesses.
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