Saturday, September 5, 2009

Fifth columnists

Dave can’t govern unless he destroys the quangos

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.

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12 thoughts on “Fifth columnists

  • Saving For A Space Ship says:

    Quangopoly ?

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  • I wonder how the totalitarianist Gordon Brown will try to cling to power…..expect lots of dirty tricks, smears and intrigues – that’s all he knows.

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  • the number cruncher says:

    Or will Dave just reinvent them with his own political appointees….

    Or if I am even more cynical the reappointment of many existing quango members as they are good a shining the t**ds to a mirror finish for whoever is in power.

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  • last_days_of_disco says:

    Expect a big fight, labour has wrapped its blood sucking tentacles firmly around everything the UK, resistance is futile, you will be assimilated. A whole country of jobsworths who sadly outnumber the productive people.

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  • I used to work for a quango. It was not well paid and there were zero political appointees. So more lies from the tory press. Nothing here to see – move on.

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  • I think that’ll be it, @number cruncher.

    Don’t expect Cameron to keep his cohorts idle. They’re all too used to the good life

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  • Quangos are not that distantly related to shop stewards of old – they run the place. Not that all of them are bad per se, but the scope to interfere is massive. And whilst it might be uncomfortable or easy-pickings for some to see public school educated people grapple with it, its even worse to see that New Labout has employed so many “executives” in health care that don’t know one end of a wart from the other. Noone in health care of education will disagree. Admin and paperwork and form filling is all the rage – and the outcome? It still makes headlines how poor our health and education is.

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  • Politicians have been smearing each other in sh!t for centuries.
    Personally, I’d make Vince Cable Lord Protector of the Commonwealth on a five year contract and get rid of the other 650 so he can get on with sorting the mess out and then reintroduce democracy in five years. What we will get though is another bunch of numpties by another name.

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  • at #5. what are the rest of those guys in the photo doing now?

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  • Enough Already says:

    In today’s Sunday Times the front page ran an article that told of Virgin Atlantic toadying up to MP’s by offering them free flight upgrades etc if they “promoted” the virtues of flying VA and, of course championed the Billionaire’s cause against its rival airline(s!). Is there anything this class of Billionaires/Politicians won’t interfere with in order to get the better of the little person in the street. (And any airline(s!) who would DARE rival them, of course.)
    These MPs will support anyone who supports them! KERRCHING!

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  • No surprises from the Spectator here, especially bearing in mind one of the above ultra-privileged (photo) used to edit it. Quangos include the Environment Agency, Health Protection Agency and assorted other science establishments (that pay their staff peanuts) without which we’d be a lot worse off. It’s the same mentality that wishes to privatise the health service and reduce taxes for the highly paid and give bankers free reign.

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