Saturday, September 5, 2009
New Labour created 18,500 posts for political allies in the forms of quangos. All handsomely renumerated. Where possible existing positions were used in a "soviet style purge", particularly for NHS boards, where experienced incumbents were replaced with New Labour political appointments to such an extent that John Maples, NL Health spokesman called for an enquiry as to why so much experience was being turfed out. Certainly puts the tripling of NHS funding against a 5% fall in productivity into perspective. The summary is that these quangos, apart from the expense, form a hostile power group which will reject outright any proposed reforms to the system they benefit from.