Michael O'Leary seems to be one of those people you either like or hate.
Personally I like his style. While he can be brash at times, he is a down to earth businessman who has built Ryanair into one of the world's leading airlines, and that has to stand for something.
Now he is attacking the gubmint and his attack is right on the mark – ‘The more bureaucrats, the worse it will get’.
One of the [many] problems with the system here is the sheer weight of bureaucracy. Ireland is awash with middle-managers, qangos and needless organisations, all paid out of the public purse and producing nothing but hot air, statistics and trouble.
In my working days I had the misfortune to have several middle-managers. One in particular springs to mind. She was an arse licker extraordinaire which is presumably how she got the job, and in all the years I knew her she did sweet fuck all except cause trouble. She used to have an orgasm every time she mentioned the word "meeting", so she was always going to a meeting, having a meeting or coming from a meeting. Every now and then she would demand that we all attend a meeting and that was essentially a couple of hours of my life that just vanished down a black hole. None of those meetings ever produced anything productive and I would leave them with my head swimming with management-speak clichés and a headache.
She wasn't anything extraordinary. The place was full of her ilk, and you could easily spot them around the place as they always were carrying papers to a meeting somewhere and talking loudly on their mobile phones. There used to be a saying in the place that people were always promoted up to their level of incompetence and this was true. In fact there were two types – the workers and the lickers. Workers just did the job, and if they were good at it they could kiss goodbye to any promotion as they were too valuable to shift, whereas the lickers would steadily rise upwards like a turd in a cesspool until they reached their level of incompetence and there they would remain no matter how useless they were.
My place of ex-employment is no different to just about every state or semi-state organisation. The health service is a classic example and it looks like Irish Water is going the same way.
In my Utopian world every office worker would be required to do a simple task – explain exactly what their job is and explain precisely the return of investment the taxpayer is getting for paying their salary. Any job that is patently non-productive would get the bullet, plain and simple. Any qango that couldn't justify its existence would be binned.
Everyone knows that if you want to get a good apple crop you have to heavily prune the tree, and the workplace is no different.
It would play havoc with the unemployment figures though!