Registered On: April 2, 2014
Yes, it was a narrative first put about in the 1960s and 70s that local authority and government workers were somehow worthy of derision.
It probably had to do with how the private sector was thriving back then, and how serving the public was seen as unnecessary. It was a sort of ‘Why should we have to pay for this?’ when we can do it for ourselves.
Before that, people tended to see the public sector as something to be admired and respected, a distinguishing (and distinguished) feature of British society, something to be proud of which the rest of the world envied.
It’s a narrative (way of talking about something) which you can still find in the right-wing press today, about civil service, their pensions, the way they block government, how they can’t be sacked (not true) etc. etc.
It’s a point of view put forward most forcefully by those owners and editors who never have any need for the public sector, and often aren’t even British! Funny that….