One senior civil servant was awarded an £85,831 bonus on top of their six-figure salary – at the same time as members of the armed forces have been subject to a two-year pay freeze and 20,000 are to be made redundant.
The bonuses have been paid since April last year and have seen more than 55,000 officials awarded extra payments for their performance – out of a payroll of 83,000.
This is the institution from which Parkinson\’s Law is derived after all….
And as the corollary goes, the function of a bureaucracy is to be a bureaucracy. Not anything so trivial as actually performing the stated aim of the organisation, in this case supporting the Armed Forces. Dearie me no, and it\’s entirely possible, indeed we seem to be getting to it, to have the purest essence of bureaucracy: in that we have the bureaucracy, funded and functioning, but there is in fact no end product of it. We just have the bureaucratic functioning and to hell with anything else: like an Army for example.