"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 6 July 2009

Cameron Sets His Sights On Quangos

Cameron is addressing the Reform think-tank later today and the BBC has extracts of his speech:

"Too many state actions, services and decisions are carried out by people who cannot be voted out by the public, by organisations that feel no pressure to answer for what happens, in a way that is completely unaccountable. The growth of the quango state is, I believe, one of the main reasons people feel that nothing ever changes, nothing will ever get done and that the state just passes the buck and sends them from pillar to post instead of sorting out problems."

In an interview on Today with John Humphreys he said that too many quangos are making policy as well as becoming "lobbying organisations in their own right" and accused them of "empire-building" . You can listen here

Does this mean Cameron 'gets it'? We've had twelve years of deceit and manipulation, rancid years of a government saying one thing but doing another and thinking we're all too stupid to see what's going on. Is it really too much to hope that Cameron's Conservatives will be different? We're a nation crying out for the return of integrity, honesty and justice in politics and we won't take kindly to being taken for fools again.

Meanwhile, John Redwood also wants your quangos


  1. The SNP government said they would have a bonfire of quangos GV but it's never happened. Greatly resisted by the unions of course.

  2. Yes, SR, there's too much vested interest but the country needs hope. More of the same 'toynbee-ism' will make things much worse.

  3. Oh dear
    They do not only forget where they live but what Tory governments, including this one though called Labour, have done.
    The Major government took control of Tech and Further Education Colleges away from LEA’s who were answerable to local elected councillors and did the same to Polytechnics. The colleges have been more interested in selling land for development than in getting on with education…
    Governing bodies are quangos; no one knows how they are appointed. . Last council elections we had two brains Willets in Maidenhead saying the council should not allow the local tech to close the Maidenhead site of the local FE College.
    Yet he was part of the government, which took away control. of the college from councils. It now closed. Though the Tories won!
    Big fuss in Slough where Thames Valley University is closing its Slough site to sell to a developer. Local Tories saying Council should stop it. BUT who took away control form council and gave it to a quango? Guess

  4. Yes, it's worrying Dave. The problem is we won't know if DC is up to the job and means what he says until he gets it. He's going to have to hit the ground running because there'll be no honeymoon period for the next govt.


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