“State fat cats”
Aug 25, 2011 – It almost looks like a Mail-Express double-act (see yesterday’s Express). The framing in both cases seems to be provided by the rightwing pressure group, The TaxPayers’ Alliance (both Mail and Express quoted TPA). The “state” (and its “fat cats”) in this case refers to Quangos. “Quango” was originally an acronym for ‘QUasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation’. The idea was that they would “not be a formal part of the state structure“ – it brought “private sector” framing (and ideology) into the public realm.
Widespread waste, bureaucracy, corruption, etc, followed. It’s now been successfully reframed as “state”.
The Mail story segues smoothly from “state fat cats” to “generous” redundancy payments for public sector workers. It then quotes a Tory politician: “this sort of generosity would not be found in the private sector”, and a TaxPayers’ Alliance spokesperson: “Most taxpayers could only dream of such a generous redundancy.”
Not all quangos (or “public bodies”) are equally wasteful and corrupt. For those who have the time, there is much more to this story. See, as a starting point, Britain’s Shock Doctrine.
• ‘WE’RE FUCKING WITH YOUR HEADS’
• ‘RICH BANKERS AREN’T SO BAD’
• ‘STATE COMMIES EAT BABIES SHOCK’