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The Bumper Book of Government Waste: The scandal of the squandered billions from Lord Irvine's wallpaper to EU saunas Hardcover – 7 Feb 2006

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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House Publishing; First Edition edition (7 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897597797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897597798
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,025,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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IT disasters, glossy brochures-it's all Whitehall's ever-expanding wasteline -- The Times, January 26, 2006

Relax - it's not our cash we're wasting -- Sunday Express, January 08, 2006

Tax needn't be quite this taxing -- Daily Telegraph, January 16, 2006

Who's a pretty wasteful prime minister, then? -- Sunday Times, January 08, 2006

£225,000 lavished on slipper safety advice -- Daily Telegraph, January 16, 2006

About the Author

The TaxPayers' Alliance was launched in 2004 to represent taxpayers in the corridors of power and to fight for lower taxes. Now with over 10,000 supporters, it is regularly cited in the media as the taxpayers' waste watcher. This book is edited by Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the TPA, who has previously written widely on the European Union and is now a regular commentator on government spending.


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This book has had a lot of mentions in the press recently so I thought I would find out what all the fuss was about.
I was really shocked to read how much of my tax money is being spent on hair-brained schemes and the comfort of fat cat politicians and their friends, when at the same time people are dying waiting for operations and kids are getting a bad education.
This has actually convinced me that politicans just cannot be trusted with our money-I for one would now rather spend the money myself and donate 500 pounds to my nearest hospice or care home than have to live with the thought that someone just received a huge paycheque for a patronising study telling old people how to wear slippers!
I think it is always important to remember that the more you have, the more you can give, and this book definitely shows that we should have more than we do now! It is time for this absurd behaviour to change.
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Having just watched series one and two of Yes, Prime Minister, a review of the book, The Bumper Book of Government Waste, in the weekend papers caught my attention. On reading the review I immediately went out and bought a copy and read it cover to cover over a couple of evenings. As well as bringing a smile to my face on numerous occasions it also made my blood boil to think that the Government and its ministers can call upon money which isn't theirs and waste it, on seemingly, whatever takes their fancy.
Every tax payer in the land should read this book; how the Government gets away with what it does beggars belief. As a business owner I find the whole thing infuriating as there is now no incentive at all to run a business and employ people. It makes me want to throw in the towel and go and get a job as a civil servant, knowing fully well that I will be looked after, have a great pension and never have to worry about getting the sack from my job, no matter how badly I screw up!
The sooner the whole system of Government comes crashing to its knees the better.
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The TaxPayers' Alliance has been getting some fantastic coverage in the media for its low tax campaign, not least due to the publication of the Bumper Book of Government Waste. The book is a comprehensive review of Government spending and how big government leads to high taxes which lead to huge waste and inefficiency. As a taxpayer, it is sometimes painful to read the examples of waste highlighted by Matthew Elliott and Lee Rotherham. It would be nice to think that there won't be a need for further editions of this book -- I somehow doubt it though!
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By Markie VINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2006
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This book is definitely essential reading. You get the impression that our government wastes money anyway, but this handy little classic of a book puts it all in perspective. I agree with what some other reviewers have already written, all tax payers should be made to read this book, most certainly before any election.

All in all finely written, sharp, witty and to the point, Genius. It directs a firm two fingers in the direction of our tax wasting "betters", and I say well done!!!
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By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2006
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The Taxpayers Alliance has done an excellent job in documenting £82 billion in Government waste. This ought to be a national scandal and the Conservative Party says nothing about it.
The best chapter in the Book is the one on The European Union (Pages 143 to 164) – best read when in a calm mood!
The shocking extent of MEPs' perks and benefits was exposed in the book for the first time. The information in the book is based on official documents issued to MEPs and staff leaked from the Council of Presidents of the European Parliament. European Parliament Members can claim expensive benefits and perks from spa treatments and acupuncture to mud baths and hydrotherapy - all paid by taxpayers. Among the freebies worth thousands a year, the most ludicrous come under "medical expenses".
MEPs and their families are each allowed up to 60 sessions a year of a combination of medical massage, medical gymnastics, traction, mud baths, hydromassage and hydrotherapy and may also claim 60 sessions of electrotherapy and 30 sessions of "aerosol" and "beam" therapy, plus 80 per cent off costs of 21 days' "thermal cure" at a spa.
The medical perks come on top of pay, pensions and expenses already enjoyed by MEPs.
The Britain has 78 - each estimated to cost taxpayers £2.4million a year. GREAT VALUE!
On top of salary, they can claim a "daily subsistence allowance" of £185 a day as well as all travel costs to and from the European Parliament.

How anyone can support the European Project after reading this still baffles me!
Another good chapter was on Public Sector Pensions (Pages 138 to 140). We are, of course, still paying for public sector employees even when they stop not working for us. It is a scandal.
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Superb book. Touch of Robin Cooper's Timewaster Letters, which makes it informative and entertaining.

Did they ever get a reply from the President of North Korea?
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