The government sets easy & irrelevant targets to make it easy to reward its cronies with cash bonuses. And then its members look surprised when the taxpayers protest about Baroness Young and Environment Agency bosses getting huge bonuses for 'a job well done' when half the country is flooded.
The assessment for the Energy Performance Certificate, a compulsory part of the Home Information Pack, costs £100 (or more) plus VAT for half an hour's 'work' and the conclusions can be wildly wrong. Why? Because the assessment is purely a visual one, which can miss insulation and improvements. "We are not obliged to be thorough," an alleged assessor explained.
The government has a target for limiting any temperature rise due to global warming to a maximum of 2 deg.C in 2050. It thinks reducing Brtain's emissions of carbon dioxide by 60% will do it. Unfortunately, this target is undeliverable. Worse, achieving it won't make a blind bit of difference. Even if Britain emitted zero carbon dioxide, China's huge growth in CO2 emissions make our government's posturing irrelevant.
The Ministry of Defence has paid £484,000 to a typist, who developed inflamed tendons for her right thumb.
The Commons Public Accounts committee has found that while spending on the NHS has tripled since 1997, there has been no improvement in care for patients and GPs are doing less work for a whole lot more money yet more evidence that all Labour can do is pile on taxes and waste the money collected.
G. Broon is announcing policy reviews at the rate of one every two days to stop people asking what he stands for and what he believes in. At the moment, he has no policies and no principles because they're all 'under review' and he's waiting for the focus groups to tell him what to say.
After making a song & dance about reclassification of cannabis back to Class B, and getting half the cabinet to admit that they are permanently stoned, the government is planning to cut the budget for drug rehabilitation treatment by £50 million (12%) over the next 3 years even though G. Broon has been spinning about the need to improve drug rehab treatment.
The latest Labour knee-tremble is to fly the kite of all-Moslem gaols for terrorists.
MPs gave themselves a 5.5% rise via their expenses claims for 2006/07 when the official rate of inflation is 2.4%. They plan to do even better in the 2007/08 tax year as they have awarded themselves a further £10,000/year as a propaganda allowance. Worse, the bill for gold-plated pensions for the public sector went up 25% in 2006/07 despite Gordon Brown's promises to reduce Labour's Bloated Government.
The Brown regime doesn't wait for bad news to bury disasters. It just unloads a huge heap of steaming garbage just before the House of Commons breaks up for its 10 week summer hols and uses this pile of steaming dreck to hide the embarrassments, e.g.:
Blair's international farewell junket cost the taxpayer £1.7 million
The role of M-list celebs whom Blair entertained at the taxpayer's expense
Long delays in bringing 2 new aircraft carriers into service
The abolition of over 25 district and county councils
The Child Support Agency's further screw-ups and failures to collect maintenance cash
Brown's Border Force, which consists of customs & immigration officers doing the same job but wearing new uniforms, and which doesn't include the police.
Brown's big idea for the railways: cut rail subsidies from 50% of running costs to 25% by 2014 and bump rail fares up 34% to make it cheaper to use the roads than the railways.
Cases of superbug infections in hospitals are at a record level. The government is doing nothing to get hygiene up to acceptable standards.
Hilary Ben, minister for lying about floods, is frantically trying to divert attention from the fact that this useless government was warned in 2 separate reports that your flood defences and drainage systems are inadequate. The reports were issued in 2004 but the government has done nothing useful during the last 3 years.
UPDATE The Tories have bumped the charge sheet up to 25 reports on flood dangers since 2000, all of which were ignored by the government.
UPDATE Dave 'The Leader' Cameron is in trouble for going to Rwanda on a pointless 'Saving Africa' junket instead of staying in his flooded constituency to fill some sandbags.
Surprise! G. Brown set targets for building thousands of new home in flood-prone areas. What's he been smoking? Worse, a National Audit Office report published in 2001 warned that a large proportion of the nation's flood defences were badly maintained. Yet after a further 6 years of neglect, G. Brown reckons that this month's floods were 'an emergency which no one could have predicted'. That has to qualify as the lamest alibi of the year.
The Ministry of Defence, which can't manage to send troops abroad to fight with kit that works, is able to find £40 million per year to spend on spin doctors, whose job it is to create: 'a steady stream of positive stories which promote the MoD and Forces' reputation and offset the bad stories'. So much for dumping the spin culture.
The government has made such a bog of its Home Invasion Pack scheme that convicted burglars can get jobs as energy assessors because they were not made subject to criminal record checks by the police.
Another one building council housing is okay again as it is now seen as a way of offering subsidized housing to its supporters and as a place to hide inconvenient illegal immigrants and other undesirables.
Sir P. Williams, a Brown-appointed advisor on education reform, has found that A-Level standards have been falling for 20-30 years, making a liar out of successive educations ministers, who have been in denial about eroding standards. Or just doing what comes naturally and spouting the party line instead of the inconvenient truth.
Having caused deep damage to the pensions industry with his stealth taxes, Brown is now plotting to steal insurance company reserves as a short-term fix for some of the damage which he has caused. The cash is needed for the sake of prudence to ensure that the companies can meet their obligations to policyholders; not that G. Brown has ever been too bothered about financial prudence.
Britain's 'security chiefs' now think that 3,000-4,000 Islamic jihadista wannabes have strolled through Labour's non-existent border controls to and from terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.
Bungled government projects; the Millennium Dome, the NHS computers, tax credits, the 2012 Olympics, etc.; are costing each family in Britain £900/year. £23,000,000,000 has already gone up in smoke through Labour's failure to control costs.
Ignoring the fact that the Labour party has spent the last 10 years proving it doesn't have a clue about education, newly jumped up minister Eddie Balls had decided to do some further messing about with the schools' curriculum.
"A different mess, and most important of all, not my mess," is Eddie's 'philosophy'.
Government ministers continue to promise more cash for inquests on service personnel killed in Afghanistan & Iraq, but no actual cash ever appears. The current backlog is 109 inquests.
Brown does U-turn. Super-casinos are now a bad idea, so there won't be any. The Daily Mail is claiming victory for its campaign against them.
QUEEN GORDON'S SPEECH
Brown does his own preamble to the Queen's Speech by re-announcing all sorts of stuff and pretending it's something new.
"Recycled tosh is still tosh, Gordon!"
Friends of Gordon Brown thrust £101,700 into his fighting fund for a Labour leadership contest, but the opposition crumbled in return for jobs in the Brown Cabinet and there was no election. So where did the money go? Into Gordon's trouser pocket?
Sixteen-year-olds with the top grade in GCSE maths can't handle percentages and angles, and those with the top grade in English have no idea what to do with full stops and commas. No dumbing down under Labour? Yeah, right!
Al Qaida members and sympathizers who infiltrate the police 'service' can't be sacked for political correctness reasons. Getting shot of them would violate their human right to plot the violent murder of their fellow citizens.
The Ministry of Defence has been selling off land and historic buildings to fund the aftermath of Labour's illegal war in Iraq. £2.2 billion has been raised to be hurled into this black hole.
Freedom of Information Act Info : Since 2001, Labour has been packing local health trust boards with its own members at a ratio of 4 Labour member to 1 non-Labour member. As all of these jobs are well paid out of the public purse, this represents cronyism and corruption on a grand scale.
D. Miliband rats: The new Foreign Sec. has admitted that the latest EU treaty does surrender a whole string of powers to the Eurocrats in Brussels, contradicting the stream of lies from his own party; from those still in power and from those who have been shuffled off to the margins.
Also buried under the cabinet reshuffle: the news that DEFRA has wasted £30 million on a campaign to persuade parents to switch from disposable nappies to washable ones. When the numbers finally came out of a study of the relative environmental impacts, they showed no difference between the options.
Conspiracy Theory #1 The govt. has no chance of meeting its own carbon emission targets so it has decided to use a security alarm as an excuse for turning airports into armed camps in order to inconvenience people out of flying.
Conspiracy Theory #2 Gordon Brown is desperately ashamed of all his Stealth Taxes on flying and he desperately wants to look like a good guy. So he's intimidating people out of flying to spare them his airport Stealth Taxes.
The phoney war talk about a general election 'in the autum' or in a year's time is just that talk. Labour can't afford an election unless it has resumed flogging off peerages and government contracts, and Brown's promises to end the sleaze are worth about as much as the pledges that Blair made in 1997.
No Labour spin under Brown? So why is the Downing Street Mafia sending out a 'campaign pack' ordering Labour MPs and candidates to pretend that Brown is 'exciting' and 'inspiring'? And then there was that Tory no-hoper attention-seeker switching sides on the day of Brown's elevation. No spin? Yeah, right!
When Margaret Beckett was in charge of DEFRA, she made such a bog of distributing subsidies to British farmers that the EU withheld £350 million of the cash. Her reaction was to cut the budget for flood defences. Tony Blair rewarded her with a promotion to Foreign Secretary.
Beckett was succeeded by David Miliband, who was so convinced that global warming would cause droughts that he left the cuts in place. June 2007 ended and July began with large parts of several counties submerged by floods. Gordon Brown responded by promoting Miliband to the job of Foreign Sec.
Week 1 Three more British soldiers killed in Iraq, the Cash For Honours scandal rearing its ugly head again with the news that Blair's third questioning by the police was covered up until after he'd quit, disastrous floods after the government decided it could get away with not building flood defences all deflecting attention away from Brown's Cabinet choices. The solution?
Clear the decks with a car bomb scare and start again after the weekend.
'The most radical Cabinet reshuffle in half a century' just moved around a weary bunch of jobsworths, most of whom have never held a proper job in the real world.
Brown's pledge that he won't use his kids for political capital broken on his first day as prime minister with that tripe about having to put the kids to bed.