January 29, 2009

Civil servants' accountability

Oh dear, the wheels are coming off Wee Georgie Osborne's pledge to discipline civil servants who waste taxpayers' money.

Sue Cameron in the Financial Times explains mandarins' reservations. Of course we wouldn't expect them to be fascinated by the idea, but as they point out many of the daft ideas emanate from ministers. Who would walk the plank for spending on the increasingly absurd NHS grand IT system?

Osborne's proposal to remove administration of tax credits from the Treasury was also incoherent - see my benefit fraud blog.

However we can welcome his proposal for all items of government spending above a certain amount to be listed on the internet where we can all see them.

Will Gordon Brown follow Osborne down this Obama road? Maybe Cameron should ask him in PMQs.

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