I went to work in the North Sea in the early 1970s. Accountancy, legal and safety were hastily knocked together departments in oil-related companies.
Fast forward to 2014 when the private accountancy companies have become the main recipients of every payroll thanks to deliberate, ever-burgeoning, legislative bureaucracy.
On Radio Four, a chap from a nationally known, so-called, accountancy firm explained what his company did. Well, that was his brief. I doubt he knows entirely what it does.
I doubt if anyone fully knows what it does especially the members of councils, NHS bodies, civil service, governmental and parliamentary departments, educational bodies – all of whom pay mind-boggling amounts of working people’s money to these private accounting companies.
This chap’s beautifully-modulated, laconic explanation consisted of such grandiloquent but amorphous vagueness that he should be coaching budding, career politicians.
Instead of today’s wage-earners being allowed to keep enough money to feed their children, too much tax money is flowing out to these accounting companies.
The latter appear to do little to earn the funds. They bill the above public offices for divesting the officials of duties in order to be handsomely paid for not doing them either. But the paperwork is impressive.
This may contribute to such a large percentage of our nation’s working people being obliged to endure the crippling indignity of feeding their kids out of food banks while grinning, chubby-faced politicians joke and squabble on national TV, while losing money hand over fist with apparent impunity.
Serial “readers’ letters” writers may propose the above is simplistic. Right is good and wrong is bad – now that’s what I call simplistic; uncomplicated and easy to follow.