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Civil Service

"The majority of our civil servants are, as the old joke has it, neither civil nor servile."

   --  Vernon Coleman

A lot of the civil service does not change from government to government.

Civil service rules effectively made public employees wards of the state for life. Acedemic tenure maintained a reserve army of socialist theorists whose main occupation was to bite the hand that was obliged to keep feeding them.

   --  Richard Thomson Ford

But that is precisely what the civil servants working for the government do all the time. In their eyes we are all criminals guilty of tax fraud until proven innocent.They demand money with menaces. If they did it as private citizens they would be locked up. But because they do it on behalf of the state what they do is perfectly legal.

   --  Vernon Coleman