Business plans designed to track the performance of government departments are being ignored by the top cabinet officials, according to a study by the Institute for Government. The Institute has called for substantial reform to make the plans useful. Justine Stephen, editor of Whitehall Monitor said, “It appears that neither the Prime Minister nor any of the ‘Quad’ are seriously using them to track the progress of the reforms going on across government.” From the Institute for Government, from whom the report can be downloaded, we learn that neither Parliament, the media nor other intermediary groups have made more than limited use of the information that they contain.
So yet again we have an example of a political initiative, no doubt designed purely as a public relations exercise, being ‘parked’ – and at what cost? If the facility is not being used why are statistics still being collated by staff who are obviously not required? Remind me, what was that which #5 of the Demands of the Harrogate Agenda was calling? Oh yes:
“no taxes or spending without consent: no tax, charge or levy shall be imposed, nor any public spending authorised, nor any sum borrowed by any national or local government except with the express permission of the majority of the people, renewed annually on presentation of a properly authenticated budget which shall first have been approved by their respective legislatures;”
And people wonder why they often feel they have nothing left in their wallets and purses? No doubt they have also forgotten these words from David Cameron just 24 hours ago:
“I think I have got the people of Europe on my side in arguing that we should stop picking their pockets and spending more and more money through the EU budget, particularly when so many parts of the European budget are not well spent.”
Has no-one else noticed the ‘brass-neck’ of Cameron protesting at the practices of the EU whilst replicating them at home?