"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."

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Sack Them From The Merry-go-round

It’s no go the gravy-train, it’s no go the quangos
All we want is La Tricoteuse and a crate of rotten mangoes*

We taxpayers are an amiable lot aren't we? In fact, it could we said that we're generous to a fault.


This smiling, silk-tied piece of work is Professor David Eastwood.  He is now Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham University but when he was the former CE of the Higher Education Funding Council we paid, amongst other things, his £900+ pa membership of the ultra-grand Athenaeum Club in Pall Mall.  It's so exclusive that you and I probably wouldn't qualify for shoe-shine boy.

And there's more! Twenty-four of Britain's biggest quangos have taken almost £1million exes in the last three years including tens of thousands of pounds on taxis, flights and hotels & thousands more on alcohol.

As the Taxpayers' Alliance reported last week Britain has 1,152 quangos costing £90billion a year. The twenty-four quangos surveyed represent just 2% of the total.

Some time ago David Cameron promised a 'culling of the quangos'.  I wonder how those plans are progressing and whether he will investigate gongos as well?  Gongo stands for Government-operated Non-governmental organization,  set up by governments to look like NGOs in order to qualify for outside aid. Often, gongos are set up by undemocratic governments to create confusion when NGOs 'seek to promote democracy'.

Article on quango expenses here.

Lord Rosser: Former Trades Unionists are no different.

*Apologies for abusing Louis MacNeice: Bagpipe Music

4 comments:

  1. You know, GV, I am getting a tad annoyed with those with the same christian name as mine doing their utmost to sully the image the name conjurs up. David, in the biblical sense means 'beloved' yet those in the 'modern eye' seem to be doing all they can to ensure they are not 'beloved' of us! But hey, what do 'us' matter?

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  2. I think you might have to stop taking it so personally Mr Witterings :-)
    Still, I agree that the more Cameron says on the EU the bigger the hole he digs for himself. I've always voted Cons but the stakes are too high at the next GE just to trust in "we will not let matters rest".

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  3. " Britain has 1,152 quangos costing £90billion a year." Cull the lot of them and start again, economy saved, 10s of thousands of highly qualified people set free to do somethimg more productive.

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  4. "Cull the lot of them and start again" - that's what's needed but I doubt Cameron, for all the talk of a Grand Repeal Act in the first week of a Conservative govt, will do anything but tinker and tweak.

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