Inspector Gadget has a post detailing the bureaucratic
procedure nightmare that must be followed when one police officer is absent from duty. Do go read it!
This illustrates why the police are no longer 'effective' - ie, able to halt the rise in crime. And the cost of this bureaucratic procedure in time and effort, when compared to the cost involved in time and effort actually apprehending criminals?
It must be logical to presume that this kind of 'bureaucratic stranglehold' is replicated throughout every other 'service' that is 'run' by government.
And then people wonder why not only public services are inefficient but that the country is grinding to a halt, both productively and financially?