Sunday, Jul 23, 2006

Auditor General criticises Chancellor's policies

Telegraph: Public spending watchdog's verdict on Gordon Brown

Sir John Bourn, the Auditor General, has launched a blistering attack on the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, branding the Treasury's flagship tax credits policy "a failure" and describing the expansion of means testing as "ridiculous".

The country's most senior public spending watchdog, Sir John also told The Sunday Telegraph that Network Rail's 23 billion debt should be on the Government's books - which would shatter the Chancellor's spending rules, causing the Government intense embarrassment.

He also said official statisticians felt "real anger" that their independence "is being subverted" by ministers.

Posted by jason @ 09:52 PM (557 views)
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1. inbreda said...

It was only a few days ago there was an article calling all HPC forum members paranoid, bias and unnecessarily alarmist. Now Sir John Bourn, the Auditor General, confirms what many on HPC have been saying all along. That's pretty good validation. Somebody needs to email a link to the other journalist.

Excellent article, thanks jason.

Monday, July 24, 2006 10:43AM Report Comment

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