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The Bumper Book of Government Waste 2008: Brown's Squandered Billions Hardcover – 5 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House Publishing; 2nd Rev Ed edition (5 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905641486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905641482
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matthew Elliott is co-founder and Chief Executive of The TaxPayers' Alliance, a pressure group launched in 2004 to represent taxpayers in the corridors of power and to fight for lower taxes. Now with over 15,000 supporters, it generates more media coverage than any other independent political organisation in the UK.Dr Lee Rotherham is also by background a linguist and historian. His Mediaeval Occitan was just one of several languages that proved to be absolutely useless when he acted as an advisor on the Convention that drafted the thoroughly despicable EU Constitution. He has advised three successive Shadow Foreign Secretaries, though the turnover wasn't his fault. A prominent Eurosceptic, hunted across the continent by bands of pro-Brussels politicians carrying lit torches and pitchforks, he has been widely published.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 20 Oct 2008
Format: Hardcover
I deducted a star in my review of the First Edition of this book, partly because I could not find any reference to Brown's reckless - and deceitful - use of PFI schemes, which are kept "off balance".

No such doubts about the second edition, which makes it quite clear what benefits we would all get from an efficiently run government machine.

The staggering figure of £101 billion (page 19) is almost beyond comprehension, but illustrates New Labour's catastrophic failure to spend our taxes wisely and carefully.

This book is more important than ever, now that government has responded to the credit crunch - and looming recession - by racking up borrowing which, on 14 October 2008, The Independent reported to be above 100 per cent of GDP for the first time in half a century.

Six days later, the same paper reported that borrowing is heading toward the £120 billion level.

Reflect on what it might be were it not for the level of waste unearthed by TaxPayer's Alliance! Almost a tenth that figure.

Further reflect on the burden being racked-up for our children and their children.

Is six stars possible, please Amazon?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you have a week heart or high blood pressure this book is best avoided. Anyone else who doesn't read this book shouldn't be allowed to vote in the next General Election.

The level of sheer waste revealed in this book is absolutely frightening.

I couldn't put it down.
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This book tells us what we all know – governments waste considerable sums of money. Some of this is wisdom in hindsight, some of it may not be waste at all in the proper sense. If you lived in the same house for twenty years without any major problems, was your fire insurance a waste? Was your burglar alarm superfluous? Some of the figures in this book are also arguable, nevertheless, there are some very interesting ones. On page 45, the CEO of Network Rail is listed as one of the top ten earners in the public sector, yet Network Rail is run in effect as a private limited company, one that picks the pockets of both passengers and taxpayers alike.

There is of course a section on Europe, wherein among other things we are told that Commission Regulation (EC) No 1737/2006 on the monitoring of forests requires civil servants to log data on individual trees. If you look up the actual document on-line you will find that with the de rigueur forms it runs to a staggering 73 pages. Imagine filling out one of those for every tree in the land. On second thoughts don't, where would we get the paper?
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