Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Out of one...

Out of one job and into another: this is the advice given to Philip Hammond MP (Conservative Party spending spokesman)..."what he doesn't know about public spending isn't worth knowing." But Dr Eamonn Butler, director of the Adam Smith Institute, believes he needs to become their spokesman on public service renewal based mainly on the [correct] premise that you can't streamline the public sector by Treasury bullying [ring any bells?]

"Instead, you need a complete review of what government does, what it has to do, what it can do better, and what can be done better by other people and by the public. All departments need to buy into that, and it needs a reform, not a finance minister in charge if everyone is going to trust the process and be a part of it. After all, the process may find that spending in some areas should be increased, even if other departments are found to be doing a lot of pointless stuff."

"Why Philip Hammond MP should resign" by Dr Eamonn Butler on the Adam Smith Institute blog [ASI blog]. Dr Butler is author of, amongst other things, "The Rotten State of Britain".

Hat tip; Iain Dale's Diary.

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5 comments:

Paul said...

Tim Carpenter's comments on ID's blog sum it up for me.

Span Ows said...

Yes, very good comments. Easy to see he's in the Libertarian Party! ;-)

Speaking of which, and im's last paragraph, which I'm sure he won't mind me copying here: I am sure many understand that one must relieve the productive sector of burdensome regulations and heavy taxes before expecting the unemployment rolls to dramatically reduce. Ah, but to do that one would need to do a single obvious move that goes against Dave's new masters - step down from full (political) EU membership and return to a bilateral trade agreement so that domestic trade (80% of what actually goes on) can ignore EU regulations should they so desire.

...says it all. Have you seen Dan Hannan's video from TPA re withdrawal from the EU? Very good indeed. HERE ...Very Good...

Span Ows said...

The Great EU Debate.

Paul said...

I thought you linked to Dan Hannan the other day - anyway he talks a lot of sense. The impression many people in Britain are under is that whatever the 'EU' decides we simply obey whilst other countries take their time over.

The latest country being used as a good example for not belonging to the EU is Switzerland.

Span Ows said...

Very possible that I did! If not it could have been something else he said although I must say I do not agree with everything he has to say but on the EU he has it pretty much spot on.