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Big Gov’s Big Downsize : It Begins!

Friday, September 24, 2010 2:38
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And so it begins.

News today, Friday 24 September 2010 is that the United Kingdom government is to scrap literally hundreds of national and regional bureaucratic bodies –each one over-staffed with over-paid and well-connected political leeches and useful idiots.

Among the ‘quangos’ to be axed are impressive-sounding agencies such as: the Health Protection Agency, the Audit Commission, the UK Film Council, the Commission for Integrated Transport, the School Food Trust and the Sustainable Development Commission.

There just isn’t the money any longer to sustain the vast bureaucracy which has been costing the taxpayers an escalating bundle, and also rolling all over the citizen’s right to live free of meddling, useless bureaucrats. Taxpayers in the UK have been shelling out an estimated £65billion a year to (often fruitlesly) employ more than 100,000 people in such semi-governmental agencies.

That era is is coming to an end, and the ideology which created it is morally, and now financially bankrupt.

Back in May, 2010 I reported “The Police State UK Is Dead,” and I detailed sweeping reforms to the surveillance state in Britain –including the scrapping of ID cards, the UK National Identity register and biometric passports –and also including new moves to protect freedom of speech and non-violent protest.

These bureaucratic and legal reforms sweping Britain today are coming to the USA.

There just isn’t the money.

The UK and USA killed their economies with this bull*hit, and alienated millions of ordinary citizens with their Nanny State interference –and now it’s OVER!


These reforms represent the most significant rolling back of bureaucracy
and the state for decades. Our starting point has been that every quango
must not only justify its existence but its reliance on public money
. ”

Quango cuts:
177 bodies to be scrapped under coalition plans

By Andrew Porter, Political Editor
Published: 9:59PM BST 23 Sep 2010

One hundred and seventy-seven taxpayer-funded bodies are to be
abolished under Coalition plans seen by The Daily Telegraph.

A further 94 are still under threat of being scrapped, four will be privatised and 129 will be merged, according to a Cabinet Office list compiled this week, while 350 other bodies have won a reprieve.

The list discloses for the first time the extent of David Cameron’s plans for the “bonfire of the quangos”, designed to save the taxpayer billions of pounds. Thousands of jobs will go as part of the reforms.

The biggest cuts concern the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with more than 50 bodies to be abolished, and the Department of Health, where about 30 bodies will be cut or have their functions transferred back to the department.

These include the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Health Protection Agency and the Commission for Rural Communities.

As already announced, the Audit Commission and UK Film Council will be scrapped along with eight regional development agencies, the list shows. The Commission for Integrated Transport, the School Food Trust and the Sustainable Development Commission are to be abolished.

The BBC World Service, the British Council and the Environment Agency are among the 94 publicly funded bodies whose fate has yet to be decided.

The Competition Commission, the Design Council, the Energy Savings Trust, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Forestry Commission and the Office for Fair Trading are also still at risk. Whitehall insiders expect the majority to be abolished, removed from public funding or radically reformed.

In addition, the future of the publicly funded National Museums and Galleries service, which offers the public free admission to some of the country’s best-known cultural venues, is still in doubt.

According to the list, at least 70 more bodies will be lost as a result of mergers. Postcomm, the postal regulator, will be brought under the remit of Ofcom, the communications watchdog. Of the 129 bodies that will be either merged or consolidated are a number of sporting bodies. Heritage groups – English Heritage, the National Memorial Fund and the National Lottery Fund – will come under one single heritage body.

The National Lottery Commission will be merged with the Gambling Commission as one single regulator, according to the document.

Four bodies – the Film Industry Training Board, the Construction and Skills Training Board, the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board and the Tote Board – will be privatised. The sweeping abolition or merger of hundreds of other bodies will see thousands of job losses.

However, ministers will point to the billions of pounds that are likely to be saved after the number of taxpayer-funded quangos soared under Labour to cost an estimated £65billion a year and employ more than 100,000 people.

A senior Whitehall source said: “These reforms represent the most significant rolling back of bureaucracy and the state for decades. Our starting point has been that every quango must not only justify its existence but its reliance on public money.”

The list shows that 350 quangos and public bodies have been reprieved. Some that had been under threat but will be retained include Acas, the mediation service, and the Food Standards Agency.

In these cases the quango has been shown to perform a technical role that cannot be better discharged by government, or sufficiently demonstrated their independence from government.

And As I Reported Earlier This Year:

Freedom Bill Unlocks UK Civil Liberties

Main Points:

- The scrapping of ID card scheme,
the National Identity register, the
next generation of biometric passports
and the Contact Point Database.

- Outlawing the finger-printing of children at school without parental permission.

- The extension of the scope of the Freedom of Information Act to provide greater transparency.

- Adopting the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database.

- The protection of historic freedoms through the defence of trial by jury.

- The restoration of rights to non-violent protest.

- The review of libel laws to protect freedom of speech.

- Safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.

- Further regulation of CCTV.

- Ending of storage of internet and email records without good reason.

- A new mechanism to prevent the proliferation of unnecessary new criminal offences.

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