Labour didn’t think it would win 2017 and didn’t think think it would win a majority in 2020 so it had no plans whatsoever to reform the Neoliberal Public Service.
As the great Unionist Robert Reid points out…
The Wellington Elite Bureaucrats run the Government, the politicians are merely the masquerade of Democracy so that you the voter are conned into participating.
The Wellington Elite Bureaucrats don’t give 2 shits about transformative change and will do all they can to implement neoliberal mantra over social policy.
Over the last 4 years, Labour have seen example after example of Bureaucrats misleading them to cover up their own incompetance.
From Corrections who lied about the prison riot, various assurances of border controls that weren’t implemented and purposeful stymieing of policy implementation.
The problem is the Wellington Elite Bureaucrats dent want to actually have to do anything and prefer to subcontract out all their obligations.
Labour are trying to overcome this with new delivery oversight, a vast upgrade of worker rights in the private sector to sideline the useless MBIE (while watering down PSA influence), a vast upgrade of the public health system so there are no more excuses and a vast as yet announced upgrade in state housing and welfare payments.
The 100k pay freeze is to help some of those Wellington Elite Bureaucrats understand they are no longer required thanks.
These are all great stop gap measures but Labour have to build the state sector up while amputating the neoliberal Wellington Elite Bureaucrats.
The next step must be a Ministry of Works who actually builds the state houses and infrastructure themselves rather than subcontracting it all out.
We want a state sector that does rather than manages.
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