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Does the Government have a policy of killing off bodies that hold government accountable? What do you think?

It's not just the badgers. All
independent monitoring panels are endangered species, when it is government that is being monitored.

October 2012: The "Badger Culling Pilots" panel was created by DEFRA "to help Ministers evaluate the effectiveness, humaneness and safety of controlled shooting".

February 2014: The panel reports that the badger culls were 'cruel' and 'ineffective'.

April 2014: Government announces the committee will not report on the next cull.

Added July 2014: University of Warwick study contradicts basis of Government badger culling policy. The Guardian reports:

A mass cull of cattle, not badgers, is the only large-scale action that can end the scourge of tuberculosis in England’s livestock, according to new scientific research that represents a heavy blow to the government’s current policy.”

The Government has prior form, killing off those who would keep an eye on it. In August 2010, soon after winning the General Election that year, the Government announced that it would cut back the independent Audit Commission. The Audit Commission stated:

In August 2010 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced plans to put in place new arrangements for auditing England’s local public bodies. Eventually our responsibilities for overseeing and commissioning local audit will stop, as will our other statutory functions, including those relating to studies into financial management and value for money. At this point the Audit Commission will be disbanded”

The key measure was that local authorities were allowed to choose and pay their own auditors.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

"Today’s draft Bill will recast local audit - making councils more accountable to local citizens, stripping out unnecessary bureaucratic costs, and letting councils appoint their own auditors from an open, competitive market.

By replacing the centralised Audit Commission with a more streamlined and transparent system we will save the public purse £650 million over the next five years. But we are determined to ensure that councils continue to deliver the high quality service their residents deserve, which is why our new framework will uphold the tough standards of auditing we expect."
One need look no further than the banking crash of 2008 to see what happens when naughty boys and girls get to choose their own form monitors. According to the National Fraud Agency there was £2.1 billion lost to fraud in Local Government in 2012-13.

Speaking of which, in March 2014 the National Fraud Agency (NFA) was culled. The NFA produced statistics on fraud in the UK, including that Benefits & Tax Credit fraud is one seventh the size of Tax fraud. Casting a squalid light on Government policy of hunting down poor people while sacking tens of thousands of HMRC taxmen who might harry the rich. And in January 2014 all but one of the members of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority were culled, due to excessive badgering of MPs over their expenses.

Does the Government have a policy of killing off bodies that hold government accountable? What do you think?

3 comments:

  1. The only auditing of its policies the Tory party pays heed to comes from Tory donors, who are often beneficiaries of said policies

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  2. They keep getting away with it. Scotland was almost rid of them. Sadly England has no party worth voting for. Every new term they get bolder, greedier and more power crazed. Enough !!

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  3. I voted perversely as corrupt British governance cannot be influenced.

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