During the last election I was careful to explain the poor state of the nation’s finances, and to say when challenged to back some new local spending project that it would be very unlikely to take place whoever won, because the financial position was so dire.
I have to confess I was wrong about how much spending a future government would undertake. On my journey to my London office today I passed several substantial road works, with contractors paving over parts of the highway, resurfacing and painting blue cycle ways on the Embankment. Large numbers of new granite kerbs are being introduced, extra pieces of pavement fitted and new centre reservations and crossings introduced. We read about the increases in the aid and EU expenditures as well.
In the most infuriating category I read about the considerable number of new jobs still being created by certain local Councils. My office doormat still receives glossy brochures and consultation documents from various parts of the public sector. It is perplexing to read about possible job losses of front line public sector employees like nurses and police, when we see around us evidence of nice to have or undesirable expenditures at a time of restraint.
I would welcome more examples of needless or less essential spending from bloggers to get a better picture from around the country of what are the public sector’s priorities with the money it does have.