Monday, 14 July 2008

The Best Waste of £200k of Public Money: Meme

Matt Wardman believes it's time for a Meme and he could be right. I've been tagged and it all started with this:

This morning Tom Harris MP proposed that the Howden and Haltemprice by-election was a monumental “waste of public money” of the order of “two hundred grand”. I differ; it is well worth it.
Matt's suggestions for the most monumental waste of £200k include:

The £200k costs being paid by the taxpayer for Ann Winterton MP and Nicholas Winterton MPs to rent their London house from themselves, and the death duty tax dodge that goes with it. The £200k estimated to have been spent by Mr Speaker Michael Martin on Legal Fees in order to keep MP’s expense details concealed from the public. The £200k of public money spent on each 0.04% of the £500 million just written off by the M.O.D. over the Special Forces Helicopters disaster.

I haven't seen the figure quoted in the Welsh budget but THIS public relations exercise isn't going to be cheap.

I’ll tag:
Cambria Politico, Cynical Dragon, Dylan Jones-Evans, Ordovicius, Peter Black AM, David Cornock (BBC Journalist), Three Line Whip, Iain Dale's Diary, and J. Arthur MacNumpty

Update: Italian chairs and desks formed part of a total spend of £880,000 on furnishing the new Caerphilly Council headquarters at Tredomen Business Park in Ystrad Mynach.

Talk about taking it to the next level.


Dotcommentator 15 July 2008 at 10:57  

Tom Harris is going to have a fit when the general election comes around. All that money SQUANDERED on democracy. Ridiculous.

Anonymous 16 July 2008 at 16:14  

What do you mean by a 'meme'? What is a meme? Don't understand.

Miss Wagstaff 17 July 2008 at 10:20  

The term Internet meme is a neologism used to describe a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet.

David Cornock 25 July 2008 at 11:44  

Thanks for the tag, Miss W - and apologies for the delayed response. The biggest waste of public money? Hmmmm....tempting but I think it would get me into too much trouble with the day job. Sorry.

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