Politics Home links to a Times article (£) stating: “Fire service control rooms that have never been used are costing the taxpayer £1m every month. The Government’s “FiReControl” project has so far cost £270m with additional costs for rent, maintenance and utility bills to be paid for more than 20 years”. By stating “The Government’s “FIReControl” project, presumably the Times is attempting to lay the blame at the door of the Coalition. Not being privy to what is behind the Times paywall, my conjecture may well be misplaced.
This is of course an old story, one that has been rumbling for quite a few years – witness this editorial from the Telegraph in January 2011 and this article from the Guardian in September of the same year. The ‘regionalisation’, if one may use that term, of fire control centres was the decision of John Prescott in the days of the Blair government, with of course a helping hand from Gordon Brown regarding the funding. As the result of a ‘Major’ funding scheme concocted by those who believe they are God’s gift to politics and economics, the public is saddled with enormous debt.
Therefore besides “Referism” on national budgets, perhaps we need a tad of “Referism” where contracts are signed for public services. On second thoughts, in view of past experience encapsulating idiots (muttering or otherwise), perhaps we need “Referism” on every decision taken by our politicians prior to it being implemented.
One final thought: Perhaps at Harrogate we can save David Cameron the trouble of “re-inventing government” – we’ll do it for him!
Just a suggestion…………..