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Since I have been working as a civil servant, I know what hard work is.

Of course, the stereotypical jokes are made every birthday, after all, there is a fine caricature to be made of 'the' civil servant. And I like to join in: 'Employed? Present you mean'. But in reality it is early to start, late to get home, few breaks. And yet I get very little done (ha! So anyway!).

Indeed, working as a civil servant is not very effective. I have to work so hard to get anything done at all. Doing more for less results. Where an employee cleaves the water with breaststroke, the civil servant struggles with chestcrawl through a viscous substance to arrive twice as late. I sweat, get angry, flex my muscles and growl, but at the end of the day the result is deplorable. Dear citizen, the efforts of the individual civil servant are (mostly) not to blame, although there remains a small group of civil servants where the caricature turns out to be reality. Even if they only serve to keep the laughs coming at a party.


Erwin de Ruiter

"One man tries to express himself in books, another in boots; both are likely to fail." - G.K. Chesterton

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