Osborne bids nation fill his Budget portal
Have your say on spending, everyone!
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne wants to crowdsource ideas for the Budget.
A breathless announcement tells us that ideas sent via the "online Budget portal" will go "direct to the desks of the Treasury officials working on the Budget".
Whether firing a spam-cannon at presumably already busy civil servants is really the best way to help them deal with the complexities of macroeconomics and massive debt is unclear.
Of course it could be that Treasury officials are quite capable of entirely ignoring emails from speakyourbranes off of the internet.
Osborne said: “I want to hear about your brightest and best ideas. Because next month’s Budget will be all about growth. In particular I want to know what businesses, large and small, want from me."
The release claimed the portal was "another example of the Government's commitment to transparency in policy making". Although of course it would be more transparent if we could see what people were suggesting. But the coalition is not daft enough to let that happen again.
The Wiki-Budget follows on from the Spending Challenge website which came up with some great Raoul Moat suggestions here which led to its temporary closure two days after launch.
It was relaunched with less interactive features in order to filter out the racists and other interloons.
This time around Osborne is restricting just how much crap is sent. The Budget is on 23 March, but commentards must get their emails in by three weeks before the big day - so get busy before 2 March. The web form includes a summary box with a 2000 character limit.
Policy representations should be evidence-based and consider wider macroeconomic impacts, as well as sectoral and distributional impacts - something for Osborne to consider as criticism of his slash-fest continues unabated.
Osborne's statement on his online Budget portal is here. ®
Stop ideological vandalism like selling off the forests and cutting local public services just because they exist. History has proved repeatedly that it doesn't work. Try investing in the economy instead of hacking at it with an axe and expecting business to pick up the pieces.
Here's an idea...
When is Georgey-boy going to force somebody to pay me to work, and stop me being a drain on the state?
FAIL FAIL FAIL
This is in response to criticism from outgoing CBI head amongst many others, that the Tories had insufficient ideas for growth to fill a white paper earlier in the year.
If they had no ideas for growth, why did they go into government? What does Slasher Osborne think he is doing in the role exactly? What was in his mind when he mulled over what chancellorship meant? We need an economist in no 11 - NO NOT YOU JOHN REDWOOD.