House of Commoner Bill Quango MP I have come up with an alternative list of cuts the Establishment won't make. I see Guido has an alternative approach, but of course he forgets the crucial information, cuts are always for other people and not for oneself. As a local MP it is important to keep:
1. The BBC - Especially the regional news which is easy to get on and make a point for an aspiring back bencher or candidate. Yes the tax is £140 odd a year but it really is important to have a medium on Politicians can see themselves on a daily basis. This of course ignores the fact that newspapers manage it with no tax, but lets not let the facts get in the way of perception. Real Saving £2 billion a year to taxpayers.
2. Subsidised Food and Drink in the Commons - VAT is going to rise for everyone else and taxes on beer, but in the House of Commons all will be as we still live in the early 1980's. Real Taxpayer saving £7 million +
3. NHS - As an MP private health cover is not really in the affordability matrix. Therefore no cuts to the NHS, despite it being a huge budget with massive amounts of waste, like the £12 billion failed IT system. Potential Taxpayer Savings £10 billion out of £106 billion spend.
4. International Development - Highly important that junkets are kept for free family holidays. The Government pays for MP's to go and glad hand some grateful African dictator or Indian Regional Governor for us topping up their Swiss bank accounts. meanwhile the family accompany go along on the side and the hotel gets upgraded. A nice saving for MP's holiday expenses. Real Taxpayer Saving £5 billion, we can increase this by £500 million a year as the economy recovers to 2020.
5. Theatre and Museums - Very important that the country subsidies the Ballet and other such arty nonsense beloved by the Nick Clegg's of this world. Free Museums too are very important as again they are a service which can be taken advantage of by Notting Hill folk. After all what was the Lottery funding for? Real Taxpayer Saving £2 billion (of £5 billion).
There you go, £19 billion of savings, a nice downpayment for the first year in Government. All low hanging fruit - and none that will be recommended as they threaten the Establishment.