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Primary Care System in Need of Urgent Reform

The health service exists not for the doctors it employs but for the patients who fund it.  This seems a pretty uncontroversial statement, yet when 90% of GPs have chosen to make themselves unavailable to patients outside the weekday hours of 8am to 6.30pm whilst enjoying an average salary of... Read more...

Blank Cheque

So just what are we taxpayers on the hook for? What exactly has the government's panic bank deposit guarantee announcement exposed us to (see this blog)?Having trawled through the papers and official websites this morning, it's entirely unclear what's actually been agreed. The official HM Treasury merely repeats Darling's TV... Read more...

Taxpayers introducing local democracy

A local Dorset campaign group has used UK legislation to stage its own ‘parish referendum’ on the EU constitution.   From the BBC:   “Villagers in Dorset are using part of UK legislation to stage a referendum on the EU Treaty.   Demands for a national ballot on the treaty... Read more...

Zac Goldsmith responds to his critics

Goldsmith’s response to his critics has more than a whiff of desperation.  He starts out by separating bans and regulations in an attempt to portray the report as containing little of either: “Reports that we want to ban Plasma screens are wrong. We want to encourage plasmas that are less... Read more...

A wheelie bad waste in Ashford

Ashford Borough Council, fresh after wasting thousands of pounds initiating a public consultation on graffiti (that’s street art to the politically correct), is now wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers money buying bicycles and accessories for council staff to urge them to 'go green'.  Council staff will then buy back... Read more...

Weekly Waste Watch- 74

Let's just keep this between ourselves In the news this week-Labour's union sweetheart deal costs us £4.468bn- "The cost to business of Labour's backroom deals with its union backers now runs into the billions... the true cost of the so-called Warwick Agreement, signed by Tony Blair to secure £8m of... Read more...

Yours!

Congratulations! If you're a taxpayer you're now effectively the proud owner of Northern Rock's mortgage book.Northern Rock has been a crisis waiting to break. They have been just about the most aggressive mortgage lender: they have been lending at very high income multiples, and they have been prepared to top... Read more...

Tower Shamlets at it again...

From this morning’s Metro newspaper:   “Two white councillors have hit out after being excluded from a meeting because of their colour.   Peter Golds and Stephanie Eaton said they were outraged at not being asked to take part in the focus group at Tower Hamlets Council in East London.... Read more...

TPA ignites tax debate in Norwich

  The TPA has today scored a success in Norwich.  The Norwich Evening News has printed a selection of our ‘rapid reaction’ letters to the news fed to us by TPA activist Barbara Lockwood.  We thought it disgraceful that Norwich City Council spent over £300,000 of taxpayers’ money in a... Read more...

Staffordshire County Council Non-jobs

Whilst Stoke-On-Trent Council advertise for a £75,000-per-year spin doctor as reported in last week’s The Sentinel, Staffordshire County Council now continue the theme with two advertised posts of dubious value.   A council run children’s centre in Burton wants a ‘Community Link Worker (Fathers)’ (£15,459 - £17,985) to help fathers... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance response to the Quality of Life Policy Group

This document sets out the problems with the "Blueprint for a Green Economy:  Submission to the Shadow Cabinet" report of the Conservative Quality of Life Policy Group. It details how the report is based upon highly suspect assumptions and proposes increased taxes, increased regulation, new quangos, a curb to vital... Read more...

Islington Branch to kick off their campaigns!

Wednesday saw the first meeting of the Islington TPA, with an impressive turnout of activists committed to a grassroots campaign for change.  We met at the very stylish Alwyne pub in Islington and talked about the local campaign and what plans there are for the coming months.     Chris... Read more...

Bosses And Beds

Is this what you want? Bosses need proper beds I hate to break this to you, but the NHS has a serious problem: there aren't enough beds to go round.As you know, the NHS aims to provide one bed for each of its administrators. That way, even when they all... Read more...

Political-Correctness in Cornwall

TPA supporter Richard Jones has let us know of some political-correctness-gone-mad down in Cornwall.  Local resident Denis Lusby had been publishing a community magazine with news and the odd smattering of humour until the local (*drumroll*) ‘head of equality and diversity’ at Cornwall County Council urged local schools to boycott... Read more...

Government Project Disasters

"Only" £100m... but hardly a snip An excellent new paper today from the IEA. It's called They Meant Well, Government Project Disasters, by Prof David Myddelton.We've not read it in detail yet, but Prof Myddelton has looked at six great disasters from the last 100 years: The R.101 airship (1922... Read more...

Note to Basildon Council - you are being watched...

A TPA activist has alerted us to this shocking example of government waste inBasildon Council:   "Inclusion & Diversity Manager To £43,233 plus PRP (subject to review) Ahands-on, determined manager is now required with a real understanding of the complex legislation and issues associated with equality and diversity. You will... Read more...

Non-job of the week

Last week Tower Shamlets council was exposed by the Centre for Social Cohesion for stocking its PUBLIC libraries with Islamic fundamentalist literature.  Not only was taxpayer’s money spent on books by Abu Hamza, the convicted fundamentalist, but that there were disproportionately more fundamentalist texts than moderate books.  So you’ve got... Read more...

Advantage West Midlands spend your real money on their virtual project

Most of us know very little about high-tech ‘virtual world’ gaming, so it might come as a surprise that the local taxpayer-funded Regional Development Agency - Advantage West Midlands – has poured £3.3million into funding ‘The Serious Games Institute’ at Coventry University.   The Birmingham Post reports today that the... Read more...

Wanless Shocker

Spending now up to EU average... but results are not The highly respected King's Fund have just published Sir Derek Wanless's new NHS report. The media reaction hardly does it justice- it's a real shocker. The bald facts are these. Since his first report in 2002, total NHS spending has... Read more...

Taxing Reading

Our tax code is getting smaller.  Well, sort of.  The BBC reports that Tolley's Yellow Tax Handbook, the complete guide to UK tax law, is going to be printed in a smaller font.   Back in 2001 the tax code 5,942 pages long.  Oh how struggling small businesses must look... Read more...

Councils waste half a million on 'status'

TPA Activist Barbara Lockwood, who also runs her local campaign ‘Folk Against Council Tax’, has sent us a story about Norwich City and Norfolk County Council’s waste of half a million pounds over a battle to change Norwich City council to unitary status. Read more...

Indefensible

  Waste Watch on defence spending Today's PAC report on defence procurement reminds us just how poor the MOD is at managing its budgets. As we've blogged before, its 20 largest weapons projects - including the MRA4 Nimrod, the Type 45 destroyer, and the Astute class sub - are running... Read more...

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