if only it were literal.
This from Keith in comments the other day:
It is difficult to see how this is going to resolve itself in a good way. I don't think any of them want to tackle the overgrown state sector, and they'll be as unpopular as hell for taxing fuck out of everyone to preserve it.
A coalition of the 3 major parties could share the blame for reform, but the state sector is such a juicy source of captive votes, I don't see any appetite for destroying it, from any of them.
Same problem with unions over here; a lot of politicians understand just what the problem is, but they'd rather let it continue to fester than deal with "The union won't push members to vote for me if I try to fix this."
Because, all too often, the politicians care more about keeping their fat ass in that office than about that 'public service' stuff they're supposed to be there for.