This will, of course, simply lead to disaster:
\”To imagine that the private sector is going to absorb so many people is a bit of a stretch,\” he said. \”It\’s going to be major problem for the country.\”
Err, no, actually, it\’s not here. But at least those who say we should be more socialist, more like Cuba, will be glad to hear that we are indeed being:
Cuba has announced it will make at least half a million state workers redundant and reduce restrictions on private enterprise in the most dramatic step yet to remodel employment on the communist-run island.
Cuba\’s official work force is 5.1 million – meaning nearly 10 per cent of all employees could soon be out of a government job.
So, there we are, we become more like Cuba every day (we\’re firing around he same number of government employees and around the same percentage of them too). How excellent.
Although it has to be said that they\’ve really not quite got a hold of this free market thing.
\”I completely support the government giving private employment licenses. That\’s going to benefit a lot of people.\”
Nooo, you don\’t have to give people such licences. Just leave them alone and get on with it.
However, Gideon could use this in his next speech:
\”Our state cannot and should not continue supporting businesses, production entities and services with inflated payrolls, and losses that hurt our economy are ultimately counterproductive, creating bad habits and distorting worker conduct,\” the Cuban Workers\’ Confederation, affiliated to the government, said.
And finally, yes, they\’re still entirely screwed up:
Eventually the state will only employ people in \”indispensable\” areas such as farming, construction, industry, law enforcement and education.
Err, no, if you\’re a poor Caribbean island with a serious food shorage but absolutely no shortage whatsoever of either land or water you might find that farming should be the first thing you allow peeps to just get on with. Let\’s leave side all the difficult stuff like industry and education and just look at the two other major reforming Communist States: Russia and China.
Yes, quite, China let the farmers get on with it 30 years ago and they\’ve been growing at 10% a year ever since.