Posts Tagged ‘Quango’

we live in a world of meddler’s, complicating our lives to justify their parasitic existence.

January 2, 2016

Letter to the Daily Express (2/1/16)  in response to report that LGA has too much time on its hands.

I’m not sure if the Editor gets facetious, s,o if it is published, my intent will, likely, be subverted.

The Local Government Association has a lot on its plate at the moment with Local Councils all over the country desperately looking to implement budgetary cuts, demanded by the Chancellor’s austerity measures.
Local flooding must have also added to such problems.

It’s wonderful, therefore, that they have also found the time to concern themselves with the latest social issue of what has been called an obesity epidemic.
Their answer is for more food labelling. They want the calorific content of alcoholic drinks to be displayed.
I wonder, though, why only alcoholic drinks.
I would humbly suggest that it be extended to all drinks. I know that a fruit smoothie is more saintly than a pint of wine but how do the calories compare?
Of course, the real problem must lie with those who spend their week-ends on the lash.
Might I further suggest that they exploit their role as custodians of drink licensing laws and insist that pubs and clubs place relevant information on all till receipts, alongside itemised drinks?
This would be a great help for hen parties, ensuring that they don’t end their evening with more extra inches than they intended.
There seems greater scope here, than the L.G.A. has realised, for extending its writ. It may be necessary for its board to appoint an obesity epidemic control officer.
I look forward to hearing of more inspired suggestions from this body of high-minded men and women, as they seek to more closely shape the quality of our lives.

@bbctv when doesGovernment “Information” become News?

August 19, 2014

This is a letter to the Daily Express but is really meant to express my irritation over how much the BBC seems to have become an extension of Government propaganda. 19/8/14

It is puzzling as to how the BBC  deems some items Newsworthy.
The announcement that a Government Minister is choosing which, of three companies, he will award a train franchise to is only newsworthy, if the companies are named and, then, only if someone has an objection to one of those names and, then, only if the Minister is likely  to take any notice of that objector. Otherwise it is dead air and not newsworthy.
An Announcement that a local Council has found that a significant number of the schoolchildren, in its catchment area, are obese is only Newsworthy to the extent that they have, in a time of cutting budgets, collated this information.
News is supposed to be informing people about events that have occurred recently and which may be of interest to them.
When did it become a means of allowing bureaucrats to try to justify the tax money being extracted from the listener (or viewer, if the newsreader is on TV and worth lifting one’s eyes from a hastily munched piece of toast)?
An accident on your route into work is News,
The cause of the sirens that woke you, last night, is News.
The farther from your home, the more serious an incident must be, to justify iy being called News
Somebody signing a mundane legal document in Whitehall is not something of interest to a national Newspaper and a local Council Officer preparing a document for the next Council meeting is not a News item to excite a the local paper, So why does such dross fascinate the BBC?
 Perhaps there should be a special post-News section, entitled “public announcements of things in which you have no interest whatsoever, so feel free to dash off and catch the bus for work”.
An Evening version could include “changes in the Law and how they will affect you”.
E.g. there is now a 20mph speed limit on streets on housing estates and if there’s ever enough police cars available to administer it, that white van man who nearly hit you yesterday stands a better chance of winning the National Lottery than of being fined £50, or, more likely, being given a serious verbal warning.
Although there is a chance that Mrs Curtain-Twitcher, will make a complaint against you, which will not be substantiated but will necessitate some PCSO knocking on your door to try and lecture you about the sincere need for such legislation

@C4Dispatches how about a TV series on the existence of quangos such as GasSafe?

May 20, 2013

I recently came across this scheme on a TV program :

The organisation is called gassafe and is a substitute for the Corgi scheme, which was a privatised version of the State qualified Gas fitter.

The big problem is that with everything being privatised, cowboys are able to exploit the awkward/expensive bits of looking after voter’s welfare. We have had a few cases of houses being blown up by unqualified people setting up in business as gas appliance fitters.

Under State control, only the employees of British Gas were allowed to fit appliances. Now you can buy and fit such appliances yourself. If any fault occurs, then you are responsible for any mishap. If you do a poor job on your own property then it’s yourself, who dies of carbon Monoxide or gas explosion, so there’s no comeback.

Again, if you sell your house and the new owner’s don’t think to check your work (who would?) and consequently die, there’s little chance of the problem being traced back to you.

The same principle applies where the homeowner has hired a cowboy fitter. The only chance of discovery arises when a qualified fitter, connecting another appliance, happens (!) to detect the problem, the culprit can be named and the matter is pursued to a prosecution. Even, where such a detection and prosecution occurs, the justice system is so poor that the effort isn’t worth it.

So, it’s vital that people know of this scheme and are able to use it properly.

It’s also vital for housebuyers to be able to verify that their new home has appliances fitted by a suitably qualified person.

It was usual at one time for Government to ensure that public knew of such schemes, now it’s upto the individual privatised quango, which usually satisfies that requirement by making leaflets available to those who know to ask for them.

I would like to see a Channel 4 dispatches programme that looked into this issue and gave it a wider audience.

Then again, consider this:

Under the Nationalised Industry, there was no necessity for every citizen to be wary of such pitfalls: Safety (protection of the public)  was the responsibility of the Government.

(Personally I wonder what the point of Government is if it isn’t to protect us)

With privatisation and de-regulation, the number of quango’s has increased. As these are privatised, they tend to pay lip service to their public duties and the situation with telephone charging scams, cold calling, pest calls etc. has become ridiculous.

It would be a public service if The Channel 4 Dispatches team were to look into all of these quangos, whether privatised, or not, and told us what they are supposed to do, how they are supposed to do it, how they finance themselves, how effective they are, how we can ensure that they do their job properly and who we can complain to, when they fail.

A help site that summarises these facts, giving contact numbers etc. would be a public service.