After twenty five years as a civil servant, Reginald Perry is speaking out about his feelings at being made redundant.
Last week I went to my last meeting about meetings I will never go to' he explained with tears in his eyes 'now I will have to have my meaningless conversations with my cat!'
Reggie joins many other redundant civil servants who now regret being quite so civil. 'No one will do my work now' said Perry 'you have no idea how much filing will be absent from my out tray. It is such a waste of a life devoted to the nuts and bolts of Government.'
The Minister for Civil Servants was at hand to sympathise with Reggie and he made a moving vote of thanks for the Perry's of this world who keep things ticking over. 'The truth is' said the Minister 'the previous Government left us in such a mess we have to make some difficult decisions. We all have to take it on the chin. We cannot clear up the mess without the sacrifice of some meetings about meetings, sad though it is.'
Reggie left his office comforted by these noble words of statesmanship. He had a final cup of tea with his former colleagues and caught the 5.35 train, which was overcrowded again so he had to stand all the way home.
He had yet to tell his wife of his redundancy. 'Will she want to have me around all day trying to find things not to do?' he asked the passing sheep as the train sped to its destination.