Throw money at the problem, it’s Labour’s answer to everything.
This morning Sir Stuart Bell has come up with a spiffing wheeze to control the profligate spending of MPs. He’s going to set up a new unit which will ‘reassure the public that we do take fully into account their concerns’.
This audit body will be staffed by ‘skilled people’ from outside parliament. The new unit is expected to cost around £600,000 a year to run.
I have news for Sir Stuart.
The Government already has just such a unit.
It has skilled staff who specialise in overseeing the expenditure of other people’s money. It has a case management system designed to look after up to 50,000 individual cases a year, it won’t bat an eyelid at another 646.
It has an investigatory unit which will actually go and physically look at the bath before sanctioning a new bath plug – just to make sure that it is really needed.
It has sour faced civil servants who will put every possible obstacle in the way of releasing money. It cares less if your wife is going to divorce you if it doesn’t pay out before Christmas. It releases no money until it has receipts it is totally satisfied with. It goes through those receipts with a tooth comb.
It requires that those who are spending other people’s monies lodge a hefty deposit with it to indemnify it against possible fraud. It never fails to prosecute those who commit any fraud.
It is perfect, and perfectly fit for purpose.
It’s called the Public Guardianship Office, and it’s duty is to look after the finances of those who are vulnerable and who cannot supervise the expenditure of their money directly.
There is no other body of people more vulnerable than the tax payers at the moment.
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