So there\’s a new report on modern slavery:
The major study by the Centre for Social Justice, which will be published on Monday,
The first and major proposal of which is:
The post of anti-slavery commissioner should be established to develop independent monitoring and reporting on the UK\’s response to the issue.
And we all know who the first anti-slavery ommissioner will be, don\’t we? Yes, of course, one of the lovely people at the CSJ who are clearly the only people who know what to do about this problem. And all the other people staffing the office will be from the CSJ as well.
In which manner they get to move from NGO status, depending upon donors, into nice cushy bureaucratic sinecures with gongs and gold plated pensions at the end of it.
I\’d actually be a lot more amenable to this sort of activism if we had a rule that absolutely no one at all who proposes new bureaucracies is ever allowed to join any bureaucracy at all. You advocate that there should be some new civil service department or statutory body and you are not allowed, ever, to be part of the civil service or any statutory body. Nor your wives, children, mistresses nor toy boys, for ever and ever.
Yes, of course, grossly unfair and not actually possible: but I do think we\’d have rather fewer new sinecures being suggested if those proposing them could never benefit from them.