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#G145* – A PLAGUE of POLITICIANS 30,000 @ £500M!!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 16/07/2009

#G145* – A PLAGUE of POLITICIANS 30,000 @ £500M!!

A plague of politicians:
There are 30,000 and they cost you £500m every year

By Daniel Martin

Last updated at 12:47 AM on 14th July 2009

Britain funds an army of 30,000 professional politicians and advisers thanks to a decade of Labour reform – and it is costing taxpayers £500 million every year.
Innovations such as devolution have swollen the number of politicians, while at Westminster, Labour has overseen a huge growth in the number of special advisors.

New salaries for councillors have also increased the bill.
Scottish Parliament: Devolution has helped raise politicians’ funding dramatically

Figures obtained by the BBC suggest the number of members of the so-called ‘political club’ have soared ten-fold in 30 years.

And it seems political parties are effectively enjoying state funding via the back door by putting pressure on councillors to donate some of their salary – up to 10 per cent in some cases – to party coffers.

The numbers include every MP, councillor, peer, MEP and member of the Scottish parliament and Welsh, Northern Irish and London assemblies; together with their staff.

Mark Wallace, of the TaxPayers Alliance, said: ‘The size and cost of the political class has grown hugely in recent years, against the public’s will.

‘Politicians of all stripes knew that people would never approve taxpayer-funding of political parties, so they just went ahead and did it without asking us.

‘Taxpayers should not have to subsidise the activities of parties that have failed to excite the public about their ideas and their work.

‘While these findings are very shocking, they are excellent news in terms of actual transparency and actual accountability because for the first time people can actually look over the whole national picture of what our democracy costs in terms of politicians, and that’s essential before we can really work out whether we do get a good deal or not.’
Voiceless: Jane and Brian Handley have a problem with anti-social behaviour near their home in Dumfries but got little response from local representatives

Freedom of Information requests to all councils, devolved assemblies, Westminster and the European Parliament show that, in the financial year 2007/08, just under £500million came from public funds to pay 28,730 professional politicians in the UK.

The Political Club, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, found that MPs and Lords at Westminster, together with their staff and political advisers total around 4,700.

The cost of MPs and ministers’ pay plus their expenses, staff and payments to opposition parties was £167million, while peers in the Lords clocked up £19.1million.
Some 73 ministerial special advisors are employed at a cost of £5.9million.
Members of the European Parliament and their staff make up a further 500, while devolved assemblies in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Stormont and London employ more than 1,100 and costing £48million.

Boris Johnson and his London Assembly costs £5.4million.

MEP and staff salaries add up to £4.8million – but the European Parliament would not disclose their expenses bill.
Thirty years ago, no more than 2,000-3,000 people in the UK were paid with taxpayers’ money for political work, with the vast majority of representatives, organisers and fundraisers made up of volunteers or party employees.

Around 650 of those were MPs. The overall numbers were far smaller because councillors were not routinely paid.

Councillors used to only receive expenses for turning up to meetings. Now they draw a salary – and that, together with political staff, adds up to a £254.5million cost.

The investigation-also showed that many political parties expect their elected members to make contributions to party funds.

In a practice known as ‘tithing’, Liberal Democrat councillors are expected to donate 10 per cent of their salaries to party coffers; while Labour also demands a cut.

The Tories say they have abandoned the practice, but councillors told the BBC that there was pressure to contribute.

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“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821),

Regards,
Greg L-W.

for all my contact details & Blogs:
CLICK HERE

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‘The arrogance and hubris of corrupt politicians
will be responsible for every drop of blood spilt
in the Wars of Disassociation, if Britain does not
leave the EU.

The ugly, centralised, undemocratic supra national policies being imposed by the centralised and largely unelected decisionmakers of The EU for alien aims, ailien values and to suit alien needs stand every possibility of creating 200,000,000 deaths across EUrope as a result of the blind arrogance and hubris of the idiologues in the central dictatorship, and their economic illiteracy marching hand in glove with the idiocy of The CAP & The CFP – both policies which deliver bills, destroy lives and denude food stocks.

The EU, due to the political idiocy and corruption of its undemocratic leaders, is now a net importer of food, no longer able to feed itself and with a decreasing range of over priced goods of little use to the rest of the world to sell with which to counter the net financial drain of endless imports.

British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit
of their own agenda and greed, have done more
damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy
of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain
into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own
personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain
more than the armies of Hitler
and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

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http://www.silentmajority.co.uk/

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Until we gain our liberty, restore our sovereignty, repatriate our democracy and reinstate our Justice system and our borders – defended by our Police and Military armed with sustainable and obtainable weaponry:
Treat every election as a referendum.

Don’t waste your vote on a self serving Politician in ANY election until we are liberated from the EU and are a Free Sovereign peoples, with independent control of our own borders, making and managing Law & Justice for our own benefit, in our own elected Westminster Parliament where we can fire our politicians at the ballot box, if they fail to represent OUR best interests.
Make your vote count
Write on YOUR ballot Paper

LEAVE THE EU

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#G144* – POLITICIANS – 1/3 AS MANY AS THE ARMY

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 15/07/2009

#G144* – POLITICIANS – 1/3 AS MANY AS THE ARMY

It’s madness. Our ruling class is a third the size of the army

By Quentin Letts

Last updated at 5:12 PM on 14th July 2009

Try to imagine 45 Houses of Commons. Not a pleasant thought, is it?

Multiply by 45 times all that conceit and deceit. All those lies, all that bureaucracy, all those wriggling, egotistical career plans.

Forty-five Commons Chambers full of hot-aired meddlers; 45 sets of expenses claims!


Overrun: Our country now has 29,000 professional politicians, enough to fill 45 Commons Chambers

It is, you will surely agree, a nightmarish prospect, the sort of thing that happens only in the small hours when you have dined too heavily on blue cheese and Lebanese red wine.

The terrible news yesterday, however, was that this vision is more than a nightmare. It is the reality.

Our country now has 29,000 professional politicians – enough, as I say, to fill 45 Commons Chambers.

Alongside MPs, Peers and MEPs, the figure also includes the part-time Scottish Parliament and those assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland which are so easily mistaken for the call centres of an insurance company.

All hang off the taxpayer like a cave full of vampire bats.

Then there is all that cash paid to the Official Opposition known as ‘short’ money, to help it hire research assistants – several millions of pounds a year, given chiefly to make the Opposition feel important.

The 29,000 figure also includes county and district councillors, many of whom are paid salaries if they are appointed to a specific post.

Those election-night tears when they lose office are caused by more than dented pride.

Last, we have the size and cost of the London mayoralty and the capital’s anonymous assembly.

It sits in a South London building known to locals as ‘The Testicle’, but you would need the plural of that word to sum up the quality of its debates.

Was ever a kingdom so overwhelmed by rulers? At every turn, under every toadstool, politicos lurk.

It explains a lot. It explains why business is so overloaded by regulations. The one thing politicians are good at is creating rules. It also explains why our taxes are so high. Most of this lot are on stonking pensions.

One report yesterday suggested that the number of politicians has increased tenfold on the figure 30 years ago – when we still had a few last blasts of Empire under our control.

Look back 100 years and you find that we once ran entire continents with a handful of parliamentary undersecretaries answering to a Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Now, we have Women’s Ministers, Ministers for Equality, Ministers for Job Centres, Ministers for individual regions of England. The time-wasting is unbelievable. And the boredom.

Does the Greater London Assembly have debates worthy of its sizable cost?
Read Chris Mullin’s diaries and you will be struck by how little politicians have to do. And Mullin was one of the more successful ones.

Much of that increase in personnel has come in the past 12 years, since New Labour and its big-state friends won power.

Blair dispensed political patronage like a dinner lady ladling out Bisto. He cared little for the costs – or about the calibre of the people he recruited to public life.

All Blair understood was that creating peers of the realm and setting up new political bodies can give a Prime Minister a wonderful short-term buzz.

It creates loyalists and it gives him something to say when he is put in a tight spot by an interviewer.

He can say: ‘This is why we set up the assembly.’ The moment of political danger has passed, but the after-effects for the rest of us are ruinous.

One of the most depressing things as a parliamentary sketchwriter during the Blair years was to witness the sheer mediocrity, or worse, of our elected politicians.

Some of these people very plainly would have struggled to find work elsewhere.
And for all the initial excitement about ‘Blair’s Babes’, many of them were not up to the task. They could not make speeches without first consulting their Whips.

They could not ask parliamentary questions without reading them off prompt cards.
Deplorably few of our 29,000 politicians have had much experience of ‘real life’ (i.e. non-political life).

They are political professionals, drawn from the trade unions or from the think-tanks. They have not run businesses or toiled on factory floors.

Few of them had been headteachers or served in the police or Armed forces. They are political careerists, bent on their own job security. That makes for a rotten democracy.

If looking for culprits in all this you can do worse than finger the late Harold Wilson. He was responsible for introducing Short money, named after his colleague Edward Short.

It is sometimes said he thought it up as a thank you to the Tories, who had given him a state-supplied limousine when he had just lost power and was seen queuing for a taxi.

Wilson is the man who created special advisers, those slippery eels who inhabit the mudflats between elected politics and Whitehall. There are now some 80 slithering around Westminster.

The Government is expected to disclose their identity and the cost of hiring them in a written parliamentary statement next week.

At fault? Harold Wilson is the man who created special advisers, some 80 are now slithering around Westminster

It happens this way every year. The cost of the special advisers is reported on the very day the Commons breaks up for its summer recess, along with hundreds of other Government statistics.

This is a practice known by one of the most infamous of Labour’s special advisers, Jo Moore, as ‘burying bad news’. It is the sort of disreputable habit at which special advisers excel.

For we poor schmucks who pay taxes, the question is: how do we get rid of all these politicians? Lambs will never vote for Easter lunch, will they?

We could probably cut the number of ministers by a third without any inconvenience. The number of MPs in the Commons should also be chopped by, I would say, 200.

David Cameron has flirted with this idea, but as yet has given no firm manifesto commitment. We must starting demanding one.

Peers die off at a reasonable rate but we could offer ‘get lost’ payments of, say, £15,000 to those who no longer want to attend the Upper House.

The Scots are likely to become agitated at any suggestion of closing their parliament, but they should be made to pay for it through local taxes.

The Northern Irish assembly is hard to scrap, but the Welsh assembly is expendable, as is the London one.

We can also demand, firmly, that there be no more special advisers.

After all, a country in which the professional political class is a third as large as the Army is a country which has lost grip of its values.

It is also a country in which that political elite is running amok, like a crowd of machete-wielding Malays.

It is a country in which the declining number of people who pay taxes to support this vast apparat will eventually buckle and say: ‘Sorry, we can continue with this arrangement no more.’

So, here is an issue to which the New Parliament, when it eventually gathers after the next General Election, must apply itself urgently.

Politicians who agree to put their own kind out of work would be worthy of our vote.

To view the original article CLICK HERE

To Read More on this subject CLICK HERE

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821),

Regards,
Greg L-W.

for all my contact details & Blogs:
CLICK HERE

For More Information & Facts visit:
WEB SITES:
SilentMajority/
WelshAssembly
CatterpillarsAndButterflies
Greg’s WordPress Blog

‘The arrogance and hubris of corrupt politicians
will be responsible for every drop of blood spilt
in the Wars of Disassociation, if Britain does not
leave the EU.

The ugly, centralised, undemocratic supra national policies being imposed by the centralised and largely unelected decisionmakers of The EU for alien aims, ailien values and to suit alien needs stand every possibility of creating 200,000,000 deaths across EUrope as a result of the blind arrogance and hubris of the idiologues in the central dictatorship, and their economic illiteracy marching hand in glove with the idiocy of The CAP & The CFP – both policies which deliver bills, destroy lives and denude food stocks.

The EU, due to the political idiocy and corruption of its undemocratic leaders, is now a net importer of food, no longer able to feed itself and with a decreasing range of over priced goods of little use to the rest of the world to sell with which to counter the net financial drain of endless imports.

British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit
of their own agenda and greed, have done more
damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy
of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain
into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own
personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain
more than the armies of Hitler
and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

~ for more Quotes & Facts:
http://www.silentmajority.co.uk/

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——–oooO——–(_)——-Oooo———
############Regards############
##########M r C H A D###########

Until we gain our liberty, restore our sovereignty, repatriate our democracy and reinstate our Justice system and our borders – defended by our Police and Military armed with sustainable and obtainable weaponry:
Treat every election as a referendum.

Don’t waste your vote on a self serving Politician in ANY election until we are liberated from the EU and are a Free Sovereign peoples, with independent control of our own borders, making and managing Law & Justice for our own benefit, in our own elected Westminster Parliament where we can fire our politicians at the ballot box, if they fail to represent OUR best interests.
Make your vote count
Write on YOUR ballot Paper

LEAVE THE EU

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#G143* – £500M for TOO MANY POLITICIANS!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 15/07/2009

#G143* – £500M for TOO MANY POLITICIANS!

Too many mouths at the political trough

By Daily Mail Comment

Last updated at 10:20 AM on 14th July 2009

While the economy goes on shrinking, one group is thriving as never before.

Welcome to Britain’s greatest growth industry – our swelling army of professional politicians and their advisers, who now cost taxpayers an extraordinary £500million a year.

Disturbing figures obtained by the BBC suggest the political class has swollen tenfold over the past 30 years, taking the number of party hacks who draw salaries from the state to an incredible 30,000.


Army: Civil servants march on Whitehall

Indeed, in some areas an individual voter may have as many as 20 different elected representatives – including a Westminster MP, councillors, MEPs and members of a devolved regional assembly.

No wonder this country’s in a mess. Leave aside the sheer confusion, buck-passing and waste produced by this multiplying political herd, each treading on the other’s trotters as they cluster round the trough.

How can businessmen, soldiers, teachers or nurses expect any understanding from elected representatives who know nothing of the real world, but are expert only in the machinations and rewards of politics?

How can any of us plan for the future, when policies and the people responsible for them change every few months with every passing breeze of political fashion?

Worse still, as the political class grows, the quality of its membership is being constantly undermined by the parties’ obsession with political correctness.

Increasingly, candidates are chosen not for their ability but for their gender, race or sexual proclivities – a policy as insulting to minorities as it is damaging to the national interest.

So it is that the biggest and best-paid political class in our history is also the most third-rate.

What this country desperately needs is a revival of the sense that politics is not a self-serving career but a public duty.

Wouldn’t it be a good start to slash the number of paid politicians – and insist that anyone who stands for public office should have at least some experience of life outside the political bubble?

To view the original article: CLICK HERE

To read More on this subject CLICK HERE

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821),

Regards,
Greg L-W.

for all my contact details & Blogs:
CLICK HERE

For More Information & Facts visit:
WEB SITES:
SilentMajority/
WelshAssembly
CatterpillarsAndButterflies
Greg’s WordPress Blog

‘The arrogance and hubris of corrupt politicians
will be responsible for every drop of blood spilt
in the Wars of Disassociation, if Britain does not
leave the EU.

The ugly, centralised, undemocratic supra national policies being imposed by the centralised and largely unelected decisionmakers of The EU for alien aims, ailien values and to suit alien needs stand every possibility of creating 200,000,000 deaths across EUrope as a result of the blind arrogance and hubris of the idiologues in the central dictatorship, and their economic illiteracy marching hand in glove with the idiocy of The CAP & The CFP – both policies which deliver bills, destroy lives and denude food stocks.

The EU, due to the political idiocy and corruption of its undemocratic leaders, is now a net importer of food, no longer able to feed itself and with a decreasing range of over priced goods of little use to the rest of the world to sell with which to counter the net financial drain of endless imports.

British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit
of their own agenda and greed, have done more
damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy
of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain
into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own
personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain
more than the armies of Hitler
and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

~ for more Quotes & Facts:
http://www.silentmajority.co.uk/

############-\\\///-########### #
############= ~ = ############
###########(`~0~0~’) ###########
——–oooO——–(_)——-Oooo———
############Regards############
##########M r C H A D###########

Until we gain our liberty, restore our sovereignty, repatriate our democracy and reinstate our Justice system and our borders – defended by our Police and Military armed with sustainable and obtainable weaponry:
Treat every election as a referendum.

Don’t waste your vote on a self serving Politician in ANY election until we are liberated from the EU and are a Free Sovereign peoples, with independent control of our own borders, making and managing Law & Justice for our own benefit, in our own elected Westminster Parliament where we can fire our politicians at the ballot box, if they fail to represent OUR best interests.
Make your vote count
Write on YOUR ballot Paper

LEAVE THE EU

Posted in Politicians; Parasites; Daily Mail; | Leave a Comment »

 
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