Saturday, 29 June 2013

It's in Private Eye but no one takes any notice. Why?

It defies belief the corruption, back-handing, bonuses for mediocrity, crooked Councillors, bent Boroughs, putrid planning applications and on and on and on that are reported in Private Eye every fortnight, yet no one in authority seems to take a blind bit of notice.

For example, in this issue, five Network Rail directors reduced their bonuses to £350,000 after train performance targets were not met. Why are they even getting a bonus in the first place? Unless it's because of the entertainment we, the suffering public get as a result of the railways being such a continual joke. £197 one-way for a trip from London to Leeds. I'd expect part-ownership in the train for that price.  Even paying myself 50p a mile, the congestion stealth tax, parking in London and petrol, I'd still come out with money to spare. Yet Megabus or National Express can do it for change out of a tenner. OK, the journey takes twice as long.

Atos, the medical con-sultants are highlighted issue after issue about how they cause genuinely disabled people with disability unwarranted hardship and misery by declaring them fit for work and reducing their entitlements - while Atos laugh all the way to their publicly-funded bank account.

Emma Harrison, boss of another shower of con-sultants A4e paid herself a bonus of £8.4million of public money last year on the back of results that weren't even mediocre. 

And the big accountancy firms continue to assist government departments and official bodies to nothing but hemorrhage public money into their bank accounts with daily rates that would make your eyes water, charging for photocopying, telephone calls, letters, emails, breathing, swearing.

PFIs - Private Finance initiatives - seem to continue unabated, sucking public funding out of the system and again, into the private bank accounts of worthless parasites who don't care about the public they are meant to be serving, just about feeding the goose that lays the platinum egg.

Meanwhile, PPI, Accident Insurance and PayDay Loan advertising continues completely unabated on the very minority faux celebrity-hosting channels that those who are either too idle to work, or those who genuinely can't find employment, watch. No warning from the government in large letters that interest rates are humongous for loans, that you can claim PPI for free yourself instead of paying up to 25% of what is, after all, your money, in commission to these parasites, or that these suave, sophisticated and parasitic accident claims companies are only helping to push up even further our already over-expensive insurance policies.

And then the various comparison websites for insurance, holidays, finance and the rest that have vested interests in not telling consumers the whole story. It's left up to the consumer programmes on television, or Martin Lewis from money Saving Expert to expose them. It shouldn't be this way. The government, in particular the Department for Business Innovation and Skills should be proactively looking into this on behalf of the consumer. Or instructing officially appointed people to so do.

It's a damn disgrace and about time something was done about it.

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