Dr. Liam Fox, the British Secretary of State for Defence, announced that he plans to reduce the number of civil servants in his department. At present, there are 80,000 civilians employed by the Ministry, compared to 100,000 soldiers in the British Army.
Dr Fox says that annoying pen pushers will be sent to Afghanistan to take the place of soldiers. "That should reduce their numbers nicely", he added, with a smirk.
Civil servants are generally accepted to be the scourge of the country. They have cushy jobs with enormous final-salary linked pensions and they get to work in expensive offices and make government policy. They frequently lose sentitive data affecting millions of people but never get the sack.
MOD civil servants will be formed into regiments of 4,000, and will be dropped into Helmand Province. They will be fully equipped with pens, laptops, blackberries and mobile email connections. However, if they get killed, they will not be given a heroes' return since the country simply cannot afford it. Instead, when they die, their families will be sent a one line email with a sad face icon.
Prime Minister David Cameron is said to be excited at this new money-saving policy. "We expect to save about £5 billion."
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