Tuesday, 20 May 2008

HOW Much?

The state of the nation (part 2)

Right, it’s time to take a look at where Britain really stands today. We all know that ZanuLabour want to blame “international” pressures on the current sorry state of affairs and we all know they were really “prudent” for the last ten years. So prudent, they didn’t save a fucking penny in fact, but here we are, facing shit street and no canoe, let alone a paddle.

But is it really the Governments fault? What has Government done with all the money we have paid in taxes? Could we adjust our budget and ride out the storm or are we so far in the shite that we might as well buy snorkels?

Firstly, let’s look at what the State is using our money for. For crying out loud, they rake it in billions and billions from us (who apparently are feeling the pinch) so where does it go?

Well, a found a rather interesting little article written by the Taxpayers Alliance. Tax payers. The ones who actually pay the bills the government rack up in our name. You, me and a couple of Welshman, one or two grateful immigrants and a lone Scot.

Fascinating reading which I will now dissect for you.

In 2006/7, you and I funded 1,164 Quangos. To the tune of £64 Billion. These quangos are unelected parts of government that are not responsible to you or I. They worship the State and the State alone. £2550 for every household in the UK, yet we have no say in how they are run, what they spend, why they exist or what they are doing. Nice. And they employ 700,000 people. Doing God knows what, but totally reliant on the State for their income. 700,000 voters in other words.

There’s more:

The author writes

“Government in the UK is now so large, diverse and complex that it is impossible for anyone to manage effectively, let alone by Ministers with no prior experience of management and little in-depth understanding of the work carried out by their departments.
Government today tries to do too much, and consequently fails; the
structure of government needs to change if we hope to see better value and significant improvements in our public services.”

Government employs just under 6 million people and has an annual expenditure of almost £600 billion. Twenty senior ministers and around 500,000 civil servants oversee 1,162 public bodies, 365 NHS Trusts, 469 Local Authorities, 60 police forces (140,500 officers) and countless other local and regional spending bodies.
Hang on a minute. 6 MILLION? That’s one in five of the entire bastard workforce!

Ah, spotted it

Over the past hundred years Britain has witnessed a relentless increase in the size of government. Politicians have steadily taken responsibility and authority away from civil society, establishing a presence in every aspect of British life. Government today spends 45.1 per cent of Britain’s GDP, employs nearly 20 per cent of the UK workforce and regulates or provides almost every service available to UK citizens

So complete control is the aim then. Doing quite well. Not quite as well as the USSR managed but not far off.

Ok, what about the money we give our government to spend on the education of our kids?

Four out of ten pupils in state education now leave school without the minimum standards in English and Maths that the QCA deems necessary for ‘Life, Learning and Work’. After 11 years of schooling, at a total cost of £75,000, the state system fails to provide individuals with the means necessary to succeed, trapping them in poverty and dependency. Year on year, British educational standards falls in comparison to other wealthy countries.
40% of our kids leave school without being able to read or write, even after spending £75,000 on it. Is that value? Is that money well spent?

Well, we do give the government a lot of money to spend on our healthcare system. Surely that is working?

The standard of care provided by the National Health Service is now ranked 16 in a comparison of 19 peer countries. In 2004 alone, 17,157 deaths amenable to healthcare occurred in the NHS, which would have been avoided in Britain matched the performance of European peers. Levels of hospital-acquired infections are among the highest in Europe and waiting times continue to force people abroad for treatment.
Er no, bottom of the heap again and it is literally killing us as well as bankrupting us. Nice.

You can read the whole shameful report here


Now, I understand that a State has some responsibilities. Namely to keep the country safe from external threats and to keep law and order on the streets. Apart from that, I really so no point in it.

I can educate my kids, look after my own health and am happy to take responsibility for my own life. I don’t need my tax money being spent on the British Potato Council (yes, really. £6.5 Million a year) or the British Wool Marketing Board (£10.8 million, employs 236 people) or the Hearing Aid council (£1.1 Million yet only has five employees? £200K each anyone? Pardon?)

A Fascinating read on where every single you earn is being spent by our masters. You have no say on the matter. Now get back to work, times are hard.

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