Non-bonfire of the quangos

Last year, Alex Salmond rashly gave a conference speech commitment to cut the number of Scotland’s 199 quangos by 25%.

It’s fairly obvious that the recent announcements by the SNP “government” on the subject are another example of spin, not substance. Nicol Stephen summed it up in last Wednesday’s debate on the subject in the Scottish Parliament :
“Will the First Minister confirm that the budgeted set-up costs of his new skills quango will be £16 million?

“Does the First Minister agree that the problem with his list is that he counts only what he cuts and not what he creates? When he promised to cut 21 local enterprise companies, he replaced them with 48 new national, regional and sub-regional organisations. John Swinney has admitted that he has created another 24, including the new Scottish fisheries council—created, but not counted—four national health service scrutiny bodies, the seasonal flu review steering group, the housing supply statistics group, and the housing supply task force. All were created by the Government but not counted. Last week, the Government announced a crackdown on waste. That created a working group, a review, a consultation and a think-tank. Was any of that added to the list?

“Is this not like that episode of “Porridge” in which a prison escape tunnel is discovered? In the final scene, Mackay asks Fletcher, “What did you do with the dirt?” Fletcher replies, “That’s simple. We dug another tunnel and hid it in there.” Is not the First Minister doing exactly that? Seventy-six new bodies have been created by the Government, and the total is rising. All are supported by a total of 58 reviews and 91 new consultations. Why does the First Minister not admit that he is adding to the clutter and that the truth is that, for every thing that he has dropped, he has brought in something new?”
You can read the full exchange by clicking the headline above.
My political curiosity has annoyed me again.

I’ve been reading George Monbiot’s piece in the Guardian about the quangos. Basically, the ConDem coalition have abolished lots of quangos (funny word: quangos are local and national groups or sectors that get government funding for the work that they do). However, they have only abolished the ones that they: a) they can’t claim tax on; or b) aren’t making them look good.

For example, they have retained the Horserace Betting Levy, which is funded by Tote and a variety of bookmakers. The Horserace Betting Levy maintains the largest betting system in England. So, the government are keeping one of the things that is detrimental to our country - I’d go as far to say that it is preventing social mobility.

However, they are abolishing the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and the Advisory Council on Libraries. They’re just going to let our museums, art galleries, libraries and archives go to seed - because they don’t bring in the money. Forget that it actually improves the minds and lives of people. If they’re too poor to buy the book from Amazon, they’re too poor for the Tories.

I’m going to stop now before I die of a stress-related peptic ulcer.

Using only song names from 1 artist/band, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title.

I was tagged by manicwire​. Cheers!

Pick your artist/band: Blur

  1. Describe yourself: Young and Lovely 
How do you feel: I’m Fine 
Describe where you currently live: Country House 
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: London Loves
Your favourite form of transportation is: Jets
Your best friend is: Colin Zeal 
You and your best friends are:  Essex Dogs
What’s the weather like: High Cool 
  9. Favourite time of day: For Tomorrow
If your life was a TV show, what would the title be:  Far Out
Your relationship: On your own
You fear:  Mr Robinson’s Quango

I tag… 

montparnasses 14clumsy-and-shy jhnnymrr yorke-the-swine  trapped-in-this-eternity l0nelyrev0luti0ns deadlycolours okkarmapolice and anyone else who wants to do this just say i tagged you. :) 

Sorry if you’ve already done it as well. 

Detergents – No Salvation 7’’ (Semtex Death / Quality Control HQ, 2014)

From FRR #1:

Debut single from Sheffield’s Detergents absorbs their influences to the point of embracing a paranoia that seems almost too specific to the early 80’s. But I’ll gladly settle for a scorcher of a track like “Turn Off Your TV”, as the anti-smartphone anthems don’t seem to be anywhere in sight. Three rippers, all under two minutes, that each owe a heavy debt to Crisis (and by their own admission as well, although it’d be hard not to spot it).  They also pick up where the likes of Hygiene and Quango (still active? no?) left off, albeit less tongue in cheek and much more confrontational. Co-released by Quality Control HQ, who also put out similarly UK82-inspired beast of a single by Shame a few years back. Let’s hope this Detergents single isn’t left quite as under the radar as that one. Above all else it’s the energy and urgency that place this one among the better UK punk records of 2014. The La Vida Es Un Mus/Static Shock contingent should be all over it. 400 pressed on black vinyl.



February 14th - A day spent sleeping, relaxing, and catching up. I had business in Stonnall in the evening, so nipped down there. Progress was slow. I was still tired.

On the Chester Road just past the houses - at the spot once colloquially referred to as ‘death mile’ or ‘mad mile’ after so many accidents - new speed restriction signs have appeared. ‘Please drive carefully’. I’ve never understood this rubbish, personally. 

(Death Mile became much, much safer after the road was modified in the 1990s.)

For starters, much of the traffic passing will be too fast to read anything other than the restriction; and secondly, who the hell decides to drive with wicked abandon only to later correct their behaviour because some quango or councillor decided to ask them to drive nicely in 180-point Helvetica Black?

There is something interesting here, though. That sign didn’t originally say Shire Oak; that legend has been added on a foil applied over other text, which could possibly say ‘Brownhills’, but I can’t decide. 

Are the folk on the Hill too posh and are now pushing for independence? In these straitened days, does anyone really care that much? And before the whinging starts, Shire Oak is indeed in the parish of Brownhills. 



Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov

Time to practise those burger-flipping skills, coders

The government’s migration quango says the UK needs more immigrants from outside the EU in four key IT areas, namely senior developers, product managers, network security specialists and “data scientists”*.…

from The Register http://ift.tt/1Aa7izD

ultimate-slice asked:

So... Dark Horse is my song but what's your song?? ;)

I don’t know…. I wanna say Feel Again, but no idea really. Whatever the song The Quangos were playing when we first met. ;)

Felix Da Housecat: GU34 Milan

Release Date: 12 May 2008

Disc 1

  1. Chip E - It’s House
  2. Josh Wink - Thick As Thieves
  3. Dettmann|Klock - Blank Scenario
  4. Chris Liebing - Bangbop
  5. Alex Bau - Halifaxfunk
  6. Christopher Groove - Maximal MNML (Philipp Straub Edit)
  7. Sasha - Who Killed Sparky?
  8. Benny Benassi - Love and Emotion (Instrumental)
  9. Thomas Bangalter - Outrage
  10. Felix Da Housecat - Tweak!
  11. Armando -151 
  12. Pig & Dan - Deliverance
  13. Dubfire - Emissions
  14. Par Grindvik - Continue In My Words (Dettman | Klock Remix)
  15. Man-DA - Principino
  16. Chymera - Arabesque

Disc 2

  1. Sally Shapiro - Hold Me So Tight
  2. Boys Noize - Shine Shine
  3. Quando Quango - Love Tempo
  4. Lopazz - 2 Fast 4 U
  5. JoJo De Freq - Saturn Returns
  6. 6 Armand Van Helden - Je T’aime (Switch Remix)
  7. Felix Da Housecat Vs. Diddy - Jack U (Angelo & Ingrosso Remix)
  8. John Dahlbäck - Blink
  9. Etienne De Crecy - Punk (Original Mix)
  10. Charlie Fanclub - Nightbreed
  11. David Carretta - Vicious Game
  12. Anthony Rother - Moderntronic 1 
  13. Model 500 - No UfOs (Vocal Mix)
  14. Liaisons Dangereuses - Peut Être..Pas
  15. Endangered Species - Ping Pong (Original Mix)
  16. Ramsey & Co - Love Call (Harvey’s Mix)
  17. Felix Da Housecat - Radio (Shinichi Osawa Remix)
  18. Kris Menace Feat Fred Falke - Fairlight


又是 GU 系列當中的新面孔,看來 GU 系列確實有在力求改變哩!