Andrew Allison

The true cost of Quangos

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2007 at 9:28 pm

An interesting article in The Times today shocked me as to how much Quangos cost. I have always regarded them as jobs – if that’s what you want to call them – for those who have their noses in the trough. It reminds me of the ‘Yes Minister’ episode entitled ‘Jobs for the Boys.’ If you haven’t seen this episode you can probably guess what the writers and I think of Quasi Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisations!

There is a wider issue however and that is just how much waste there is in government. Successive governments try – and by and large succeed – in extracting more cash out of its citizens and as the huge bureaucratic machine plods along we never really know just how much of our money is wasted.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer thinks that tax cuts will take money out of the economy. If this sums up his basic grasp of economics, then God help us all, however if incompetence was the basic criterion for removal as a government minister, there would be virtually no-one left in government at all.

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  1. I have always regarded them as jobs – if that’s what you want to call them – for those who have their noses in the trough

    Now Andrew – the day may well come, Councillor.

  2. I don’t understand economice but I’m with you on quangos!

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