It was good to learn yesterday that projects announced shortly before the election which Labour could not afford are to be cancelled. I am surprised in many cases that people think it worthwhile arguing against such cuts, when there is no money to pay for these new commitments.
The BBC chose to give time to critics to defend one of the most marginal ones – a new Visitor Centre at Stonehenge. When we are borrowing £1 in every £4 spent surely a new Visitor Centre for an ancient monument must be top of the list for cuts? If it is likely to bring in much extra revenue, as its defenders suggest, then it is a project which should be carried out with private capital under a suitable franchise or lease arrangement which transfers all the risk and none of the existing public revenue to the private sector.
It was also good news to learn that the taxpayer will not be asked to pay £240,000 a year for a new head of the Audit Commission. I am sure they will find someone good to do such a job for around half that amount of money. If the Audit Commission cannot set an example over value for money then heaven help us.