Quango bonfire torches websites
This site is unavailable - forever!
The complete list of quangos to be quashed by the Coalition has been released and fortunately republished by the BBC and other media because the government's own sites have been still mostly unavailable today.
The Central Office of Information website has been down for most of the day - it is one of the quangos which is still in limbo.
Most of the bodies due for extermination have already leaked or pre-announced by ministers.
So as expected, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd will no longer be a public corporation.
The Competition Commission will merge with the Office of Fair Trading. The Design Council will be set up as an independent charity, as will NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts).
British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) will be abolished as well.
Also unlikely to be mourned by many - the Advisory Board on the Registration of Homeopathic Products and the Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee will both be canned.
The BBC World Service and the British Council will both be retained, as will the Information Commissioner's Office. The Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors has also been given a stay of execution.
The National Policing Improvement Agency remains under consideration.
The aim of the exercise is to save money and trim the public sector workforce. But the government can't say how much money it will save, and how many jobs will be axed . And is unlikely to be for some time - laws have to be passed, redundancy packages agreed. The consensus is that vast numbers of quango employees will simply end up back at the government departments they were spun out of.
The full list should be available from this page, about halfway down, on the Cabinet Office site. ®
If I remember rightly
The committee is involved in cases where members of the armed forces feel that their conscience prevents them from carrying out questionable orders from above. It could very well be argued that this committee therefore provides a valuable and necessary service for members of the armed forces. IIRC, it also costs very little, even when not considered in the larger scheme of things.
Disclaimer: I am only repeating what another poster put in a comment on a previous artivle where the same subject was raised. No doubt, these claims can be either verified, or debunked, by some judicious application of a well known search engine.
Some good, some bad
BNFL is a strange one, given the broad Tory support for the next generation nuclear power stations. Presumably the British taxpayers will pay the French to do it.
Something about the Competition Commission in a merger makes me smile.
I can't argue with the P45s heading to the Advisory Board on the Registration of Homeopathic Products and Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee. Presumably they'll dilute their giros with water and spin it out indefinitely. OK it's not nice to laugh at people losing their jobs but we shouldn't have been paying these charlatans in the first place.
And well done for keeping the BBC World Service. Given how far these bastards are up Murdoch's arse, this is a pleasant surprise.
Objectors to what?
It's half a century since conscription ended. Presumably The Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors meets periodically to advise that there aren't any conscientious objectors.
Are there also Advisory Committees on Anabaptists, Dodo Skinners....?