The Bumper Book of Government Waste 2008

#1
Came across this book on the front page of Amazon through their personalised recommendations bit, God knows how that came about, and it looked rather amsuing. Well in a making you want to punch all of the Cabinet in the face kind of way. Here's what the blurb said,
It's back and, depressingly, the figure is even bigger than last time. Welcome again to the world of waste. In this new edition of "The Bumper Book", Matthew Elliot and Lee Rotherham have unearthed a staggering GBP101 billion of government misspending - all paid for by you, the taxpayer. It's such an enormous figure it is difficult to get one's head around it. What could be done with GBP101 billion? Well, you could for example, paper the entire East Midlands and London with GBP5 notes, and still have a few billion left over to build one hell of a crane from which to admire your handiwork. Or even convert the GBP101 billion into one penny coins, pile them on top of each other, and reach the moon and back five times.But perhaps more usefully, the government could cut the tax burden of every household by over GBP4,000 a year. Mind blowing isn't it?Here are just a few examples of where all of that money has gone: GBP280,000 on a conference addressed by Blair and Brown on value for money in the public services; GBP400 million on 'cost control' for the Olympic Games; GBP3 million by tax inspectors at HM Revenue and Customs on flights, including GBP2.1 million on flights to Scotland; Over GBP16 million on the creation and upkeep of VIP lounges in Heathrow and Gatwick despite the fact they are not government-owned; GBP£100,000 on assessing whether GBP£400,000 reportedly spent on modern art for seven hospitals was money well spent.

But then it's hardly a surprise that they don't have a tight grip on our finances when you see an official statistic from the government, claiming that an impressive 102% of all 3 year olds are in nursery school. With this level of numeracy, no wonder we're in trouble!
Anyone read it or one of the past versions or happen to know anything about the authors?
 
#2
Although that figure is staggering I can believe it to be true. The revenue raised for the treasury has seemingly increased dramatically, yet I see very little improvement in services. A decline in some. Frustrating.
 
#4
I got mine a few weeks ago, maybe a month - early release to the 'Tax Payers Alliance' at half price, it's quite good - and to be honest it's not compeltely anti-labour; lots of references to Tory wastes too.

Interesting read
 
#7
a staggering GBP101 billion of government misspending - all paid for by you, the taxpayer.
DII project anyone?

B-T
 
#8
I can't believe this gravy train is leaving without me. I really need to get in to this politics game.

Can anyone lend me £8,000? I'll ask any questions you want in parliment. I'll employ you as a special private secretery for beer and hookers.

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#9
bobath said:
I can't believe this gravy train is leaving without me. I really need to get in to this politics game.

Can anyone lend me £8,000? I'll ask any questions you want in parliment. I'll employ you as a special private secretery for beer and hookers.

I have no scrupples, morals, backbone or sense of right and wrong. For just 8 grand I'll say anything to get elected, and will say anything to stay elected.

Don't delay, I'm on sale today. Shares start for as little as a pound.
sorry sounds as if you are OVER qualified and you seem to tell the truth no matter how bad. so no Rt Hon for you im afraid
 
#10
bobath said:
I can't believe this gravy train is leaving without me. I really need to get in to this politics game.

Can anyone lend me £8,000? I'll ask any questions you want in parliment. I'll employ you as a special private secretery for beer and hookers.

I have no scrupples, morals, backbone or sense of right and wrong. For just 8 grand I'll say anything to get elected, and will say anything to stay elected.

Don't delay, I'm on sale today. Shares start for as little as a pound.
Sven is that you?
 
#11
Bravo2nothing said:
bobath said:
I can't believe this gravy train is leaving without me. I really need to get in to this politics game.

Can anyone lend me £8,000? I'll ask any questions you want in parliment. I'll employ you as a special private secretery for beer and hookers.

I have no scrupples, morals, backbone or sense of right and wrong. For just 8 grand I'll say anything to get elected, and will say anything to stay elected.

Don't delay, I'm on sale today. Shares start for as little as a pound.
Sven is that you?
No need to get personal.
 
#12
bobath said:
Bravo2nothing said:
bobath said:
I can't believe this gravy train is leaving without me. I really need to get in to this politics game.

Can anyone lend me £8,000? I'll ask any questions you want in parliment. I'll employ you as a special private secretery for beer and hookers.

I have no scrupples, morals, backbone or sense of right and wrong. For just 8 grand I'll say anything to get elected, and will say anything to stay elected.

Don't delay, I'm on sale today. Shares start for as little as a pound.
Sven is that you?
No need to get personal.
Was a bit low wasn't it?
 

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