LLLP INVESTIGATION RETROSPECTIVE REFLEXION.

The Last Laugh Looney Party has now completed its long investigation into Government expenditure.   What a marathon !   And what lessons have been learned ?

  • Firstly, the Governments and the Civil Service don’t really want you to know how little they are achieving, nor how much they are spending doing it.
    Their Annual Reports are late, full of waffle, trite and devoid of any measurable way of holding them to account.
  • £ Billions  can be saved, but only with an LLLP radical approach.
  • We need to rethink the role and structure of an overgrown state.  I sound like Dominic Cummings 🤡
  • Power is too centralised, but at the same time it is emaciated by an largely ineffective bureaucratic Civil Service.
  • Democracy is too remote. Individual  politicians need to be accountable to their constituents and their actions more directly linked to local needs.
  • The State should be a safety net for everyone, but not burden us with red tape, or wrap us in cotton wool, or to stop us ever making mistakes.      It’s attention should be on ….. SAFETY …… HEALTH …… EDUCATION.
  • And not much else

So how would the Last Laugh Looney Party set about doing it ????

We would start by learning the lessons from the Coronapop period :-

  • £ billions could be saved by taking a scythe to Government Departments.   The tong in cheek review of their Annual Accounts showed how little they achieve.  So whilst there would be howls of anguish, would we really miss all the civil servants and their posturing Ministers ?
  •  It would have to be done swiftly, so over-night Bodj would elevate all the Ministers to the peerage and made them Lords Without Portfolio.
  • The following day Bodj would abolish the House Of Lords 🤡
  • Then with the help of the LLLP in the next 24 hours Bodj would restructure his   Government and appoint new Cabinet .

THE NEXT EPISODE WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY IN  BODJ’S  NEXT BROADCAST TO THE NATION.

In the meantime there are few things for Bodj to think about in his muddled up Coronapop head:-

WHY TAX PEOPLE ONLY TO GIVE THEM BACK THRIR MONEY LATER?

WHY DISINCENTIVE PEOPLE FROM WORKING TO PAY THEIR OWN WAY.

PRISONERS SHOULD WORK TO REPAY SOCIETY FOR THEIR CRIMES

PICK FRUIT AND VEG,   RECYCLING WASTE.   LITTER PICKING.

BRING BACK CONSCRIPTION    EITHER IN THE FORCES ON IN VOLUNTARY WORK.  EVERY ONE FOR TWO YEARS.    THOSE WHO MISSED IT BEFORE SHOULD DO IT NOW    POLITICIANS SHOULD DO THREE YEARS

TAX LOWERED TO 10 %

PAY TO SEE GP.    FREE ON LINE CONSULTATIONS     AND PAY TO VISIT A&E

UNEMPLOYED REQUIRED TO WORK

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LLLP INVESTIGATES DWP

  • This is the final department of Central Government expenditure being examined by the Last Laugh Looney Party.      🤡Phew !      The Department of Work and Pensions has the biggest spending budget of £ 171 billion in 2018/19.  That is until Coronapop came along, after which spending went BALLISTIC 🤡

The LLLP has proposed dramatic cuts in every other department, but suggests caution in this area.     Firstly, because it is only giving back to most people money that they have earned and then has been taken in tax.    Secondly, it is giving money to the most vulnerable people in society, or at least it should be.   The problem comes when the system is not simple and transparent.    The very nature of Government bureaucracy is that it feeds itself on making things more and more complex.   Hence the 1001 volumes of rules about benefits, pensions and income tax.     And the 76,698 civil servants employed to dish them out at an administrative cost of £ 6.4 Billion annually !

There are four groups of beneficiaries of the DWP’s largesse :-

  • Pensioners – 12 million rising to 16 million by 2044.
  • People with a disability – 20% are on a low income.
  • Unemployed people – 24% of the working age population ???
  • Children / Families – 10% on low incomes.

Living on only benefits or a state pension is not easy, nor should it be, provided people have the opportunity to better themselves.   There are a feckless few ( about 2% ) who exploit the system and give everybody else a bad name.    At its best the benefits system should a safety net for the most vulnerable in society.    For this reason the LLLP will be very cautious in revising it.

PENSIONERS.
The current state pension is minimal and not enough for a comfortable retirement,  hence we end up with add on entitlements, such as winter fuel payments, Christmas bonus’s, free TV licences, free prescriptions.    All of which are universal and often go to people who don’t need them.     The LLLP would lift the basic state pension level, but then  do away with the enhancements and several thousand civil servants who administer them.    If you want a better lifestyle you need to save a lot more while you are working ( 20 to 25% of you earnings)  or if you own your own home as 70% of older people do, then either downsize, or take in lodgers, or sell the equity in your home to the Government. ( Only when they adopt an LLLP house buy back scheme ).  See my one of  my next posts for news of this.

PEOPLE WITH A. DISABILITY.
The LLLP will leave this alone for now because it supports many people who genuinely need more support.  Sadly it has been abused by Governments in the past to shift people off the unemployment register and this has undermined public compassion in the system.

UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE.

  People without a job should only be paid benefits if they are prepared to retrain an gain more skills.     This could be in full-time education or working in the voluntary sector for a year.

CHILDREN & FAMILIES.

Nobody would wish to see children disadvantaged financially, but the gap left in single parent families resources by absentee fathers who pay no maintenance is their responsibility and much more effort should be made to recover it.

 

This area of Government expenditure certainly needs re-evaluation, but it is too serious for flippant judgments.     So no savings are forecast at this stage.

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LLLP INVESTIGATES DHSC

This is the Last Laugh Looney Party penultimate investigation.   This time it’s the turn of the Department of Health and Social Care. Normally they are the second largest spending department, clocking up a massive figure of £ 171 billion in 2018/19.    Thanks to Coronapop in the current year it’s spending has gone into the medical stratosphere, totalling goodness knows what.    But we will find out eventually 🤡

Let’s start with some prejudices about the NHS, which I say having worked alongside them and in partnership with them for many years, long before Coronapop was even heard of :-

  • First of all they are a LEVIATHAN, a massive organisation.
  • A massive administrative management nightmare.
  • Potentially great  at the front line, if you can get to it.
  • Dictated to by endless executive orders from “on high”.
  • Dominated from below by Trade Union limitations.
  • Tied in administrative red tape.
  • Fearful of ambulance chasing no- win no-fee lawyers.
  • Regularly reorganised by successive Governments.

It is a miracle they achieve everything they do and that most peoples personal experience of the NHS is very good.   That’s down to the front line staff.

But now Coronapop comes along and they are caught with their pants down !     Not enough beds,  not enough ventilators,  not enough PPE,  not enough testing, not enough money.      No contingency plan for a pandemic.

Oh!  And so far I haven’t even mentioned Social Care,   The poor relation of the NHS.   The Cinderella service, last in the queue for attention or resources, but home to so many people who draw on NHS services.    A rabbit in the headlights of the NHS steam train.

So what do we do with a vehicle designed after the Second World War and still running 70 years later, with essentially the same organisational and funding model.        We could go forward with an HS2NHS.    An all singing all dancing technologically charged Alexa hospital service.   No need for doctors, just a video screen to talk to and robots to operate on serious cases.     That gets around the Trade Unions, the paperwork, health service managers and lawyers.

Bodj’s latest broadcast to the Nation :-

“I have decided to abolish the NHS because ever since Coronapop came along it’s costing the country a fortune  and from my personal experience on the ventilator it’s doing my head in.     This new health policy will save the  country from bankruptcy, although sadly there maybe a few more deaths in the short term.   My MinIster of Health, Matt Handcockup, will continue to provide a comprehensive health service with Alexa and his laptop computer.
P.S.  I forgot about Social Care, which is what I always do, but I will order another public enquiry, which should make it all go away until I am better.”

FORECAST SAVING.       £ 171 Billion plus who knows what?

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LLLP INVESTIGATES DfESE

7 The Last Laugh Looney Party is nearing the end of its examination of Government spending and is almost drowning under the waffle of paperwork produced to justify so much expenditure.   £Billions could be saved already, but the three biggest spenders are still to come.
The first is the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, with a wacking great budget of £ 107 billion.    It provides education for 4.7 million primary school children and 3.3 million secondary pupils.    This is achieved with 452,000 teachers.   That works out at 1 teacher for every 16 pupils, which seems considerably different to my school days.
There are also 1.6 million students in further education and 214,000 more in apprenticeships.

The Annual Report is full of acronyms :- NDPB, ESFA, STA, TRA, OCC, CITB, ECITB, FITB, FATE, OFS, SWE, SCC, STRB, SMC and probably several more letters after their name.      So you had best get a GCSE in acronyms before reading the report.    Goodness knows how the politicians are supposed to get a grip on this mammoth department, which probably explains why they change Secretaries of State so frequently.   Gavin Hinds, Michael Gove and Gavin Williamson just in the last three years.

The Annual Report is as boring as all the others, so no “A stars“ for the teacher.

Carefully buried amongst all this guff is a note about the Student Loans Authority which sold off some of its loan portfolio and lost a billion pounds in the process.   I suppose they just didn’t want to make a fuss about it.    What’s a £billion between friends ?

At the end of all this I looked at the U.K. PISA tables.     Nothing to do with leaning towers.    PISA is the OECD programme of international student assessment, which compares educational attainment in different countries.    In reading the UK ranks 13th below China, Singapore, Poland and a host of others,;  similarly we are 18th in maths and 14th in science.   Not exactly top of the class.

The LLLP  script for Bodj’s latest broadcast  on the future of education :-     The  DfESE should try harder, pay more attention in school and stop messing about with all the acronyms !

“As a result of Coronapop I have had to close all the schools  and pay the teachers for doing nothing.   The good news is that we have given all the pupils record results this year in spite of them not going to school.      So in the years ahead if we carry on this way we will rise up the PISA league tables faster than Liverpool Football Club.

In the meantime the DfESE  should write a hundred lines “ We won’t lose a billion pounds ever again and we are very,  very sorry”.

FORECAST SAVING         £ 50 BILLION

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Coronapop Blog Infection ?

I think my blog has got Coronapop!   WordPress obviously needs better virus protection.   I don’t know how it got in ?   It must be those pangolins.

Be careful if you are reading this, because Coronapop is very infectious 🤡       You should wipe your screen every few minutes with an anti-bacterial cloth.    These are available from Amazon for just £45.     Remember to buy a mask at the same time, it is only another £45 !   It is important not to breathe onto your computer screen, in case you pass Coronapop to other viewers of this post.

Wearing a mask is advised by the Government scientists if you are closer than 2 metres to your screen, but you can remove it if you are watching food videos.   In Wales you only have to be 1.5 metres away.

Please wear gloves when you wish to type a comment and I may have to wait four days before I can send a reply, because I am shielding at the moment and will want to know that your comment is not infectious.

I am still waiting for the full Government guidelines on blogging.

If you like the blog you can press the “like” button,  it has already been vaccinated.

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LLLP. INVESTIGATES DCLG

  As Coronapop sweeps through the country culling the weakest, so to does the Last Laugh Looney Party weave its path through Central Government Departments weeding out inefficiency and ineffectiveness. Just  ten more areas to examine, but potentially £ billions to be saved.    Civil servants are scurrying for cover.   They are socially isolating, which comes naturally to them, they don’t like public scrutiny.

So now its the turn of  …… the Ministry of Housing … which was for a while the Environment Department ….. but at least for now is the DCLG …. the Department for Communities and Local Government.   The schizophrenia in the name is reflected in the fact that there have been  ten housing ministers in the last ten years.    The latest is Robert Genryk, who got into a bit of trouble Recently for going to one of his several homes during the lockdown.    Then having ridden out that storm,  he found himself back in the headlines for chatting to a housing developer who just happened to need planning approval for a contested housing scheme in London.
The fact is that housing has never been much of a priority for Tory Governments even though they huff and puff about it a lot.    The reality is they are tied up in their own Green Belt.   There is a desperate shortage of housing, but that boosts existing house values, so there is little incentive to increase the supply of new homes.

The 1724 civil servants at the DCLG, whose declared aim is to “improve access to affordable and high quality housing”,  have achieved very little.   In 2018/19 they had a target of 300,000 new homes, but completed just 220,000, of which only 47,000 were affordable.
They did claim credit for the “£675 million High Street Fund” and you can clearly see how well that has done by all the empty shops.     So they then doubled down on that investment with the “£1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund”.    Another great idea that came to nothing.    No wonder the Ministers keep moving on.

The LLLP script for Bodj next broadcast is :-

“ I am tightening my Green Belt, so there is no room for more houses, just trees and wild flowers.   That means we won’t need any more housing Ministers, which is just as well because most of the Cabinet have already had a go.     I am hoping that after Coronapop there will be quite a few spare homes made available, which won’t cost the Government anything, which is a World Class Achievement.”

FORECAST SAVING.      £ 36 Billion

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LLLP INVESTIGATES DfT

 

The Department for Transport is a small section of the civil service which only directly spends about £ 450 million every year.   But, behind this they are also responsible for £ 24.8 Billion on trains and boats and planes and cars and helicopters and bicycles …. and probably skate boards and surfboards and scooters and roller skates and anything else that moves that they can tax or regulate !

Like all the other Government Annual Reports theirs is full of self-congratulation and incomprehensible gobbledygook.   You wouldn’t think that our roads are congested, or that our trains are over priced and frequently late.   Nor would imagine that DfD projects take years to complete.   The extra runway at Heathrow has been under discussion for the last fifty years and it is still not started.   Budgets and timescales overrun by years and £billions.     Yet the 2018/19 Annual Report claims that “we inject pace and urgency into everything we do”.     They have to be joking !

Coronapop has done them a great favour by pointing the way forward.   Just lockdown everything.    This year they will be able to report the best performance ever.      No train delays;  no road congestion;  hardly any flights;  virtually no road accidents and almost zero carbon emissions.

So in the years ahead, if we don’t let any body into the country we won’t need customs officers.    Since most people will be working from home, most of our cars will be of the roads and we might as well forget about the DVLA and MOT’s.    We may need a few trains but, we definitely won’t need HS2.    With hardly any flights we can plant trees on Heathrow as a new Greening  Britain project.

           FORECAST SAVING    £24.8  BILLION.

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LLLP INVESTIGATION PROGRESS

 So far the Last Laugh Looney Party investigation into Government spending has only just got started .    Nonetheless we have already revealed a great deal of bluster, self-justification and inefficiency and potentially achieved  some spectacular savings.     We began by looking at some of the smaller departments, although nothing is small in Government spending terms, they only think in £billions and utilise thousands of staff and bloated management structures.
The diagram below illustrates the galaxy of central Government departments and the size of their annual budget in 2018/19.


PROPOSED SAVINGS SO FAR :-

  • Overseas Aid.        DFiD.                13.4  Billion
  • Defence.                  MoD.               175.   Billion
  • Education.             DoE.                  107.  Billion
  • Food Supply.         DEFRA.              2.1 Billion
  • Business.               BEIS.                    7.5 Billion
  • Culture.                 DCMS.                 7.2. Billion
  • Justice.                  MoJ.                     9.2  Billion
  • Tax.                        HMRC.             500.   Billion

That’s about £800 Billion potential saving so far from just  8 Departments !   Plus a  load of civil servants;  a forest of paper;  a fleet of jumbo jets of foreign travel and a windbag of hot air.

You can suggest these things if you are the LAST LAUGH  LOONEY PARTY, because nobody ever thinks you are serious.

             BUT WHAT IF ONE DAY YOU GOT ELECTED 🤡

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LLLP INVESTIGATES HMRC

 The Last Laugh Looney Party is still looking at Government expenditure and has now turned it attention to the HMRC.     Cloaked in Her Majesty’s name, but more commonly called “the Taxman”.
Once you start to work these guys follow around for the rest of your life, like a Mafia protection racket extorting your hard earned money off you.  They want a percentage of every thing you earn and everything you buy.  They will even turn up at your funeral to see what is left to take off you.

Their 2018/19 Annual Report proudly declares that they collected or extorted £ 627.9 BILLION  from their “customers”.   They have an army of enforcers that total 58,700 with powers to imprison you if you don’t cough up.   Unless your name is Amazon or Phillip Green, in which you don’t pay.

They explain clearly what they do in 24 volumes of tax manuals.   That is why they had 42 million phone calls from people wanting to understand why almost half their income was going back to the Government in taxes.       You just need to pay an accountant to translate it all for you and then if you get a  rebate it will probably pay the accountants fees.

The LLLP has a radical solution provided their recommended reforms of other Government expenditure are implemented.   With less spending and less civil servants we won’t need so much tax to be collected.

LLLP TAX PRINCIPLES :-

  • Everybody pays some tax towards common good like health, education and security.  ( not including the BBC )
  • Taxation must be simple to understand and difficult to avioid.
  • Don’t tax people only to give it back later, except for state pension.
  • Focus tax on sales, so the more you buy the more you pay.
  • Tax on income is a disincentive to growth.

LLLP TAX PROPOSALS :-

  • 10% income tax and no National Insurance upto £100,000.
  • 20% sales tax on anything that moves.
  • 50 % inheritance tax on over £1 million.   Spend it before you go!
  • No more.
  • Prison for people who don’t pay.   Especially Amazon and Phillip Green and their accountants.

This will mean there will be a lot less revenue for the Government to spend on our behalf, so they will have to slim down their ambitions significantly.   On the positive side people will have a lot more of their own money to spend as they wish.

Nor will we need 58,700 tax collectors or a zillion tax dodging accountants, they can all go to South America to plant trees!

ESTIMATED SAVING   £500,000,000,000 and an Amazon forest.

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LLLP INVESTIGATES JUSTICE

 The Last Laugh Looney Party will now move on to examine the private club for lawyers, otherwise known as the Ministry of Justice.

OPENING ARGUMENT:-

  • Justice takes too long to deliver.
  • Legal aid is a gravy train for lawyers.
  • Reduced sentences are justice denied.
  • Too many prisoners reoffend.
  • Just doing time for a crime is not enough redress.
  • Proceeds of crime and substantial damages for victims should be fully repaid before release.

SOME FACTS :-

  • The MoJ costs £ 8.1 billion annually.
  • There are 25,000 people in prison.
  • 10,000 Offenders are  on probation serving community sentences.
  • There are 22,000 prison officers.
  • 3456 probation officers.
  • 6543 staff at MoJ.
  • a zillion lawyers making a mint.

LLLP script for Bodj TV broadcast :-

“I am going to be the next great prison reformer.   Prisoners must pay for their crimes.   Literally !      £5,000 for shoplifting;  £10,000 for each burglary ;  £100,000 for GBH ;   £1,000,000 for murder ;  etc.     On top of this they must pay for their hotel stay in our luxurious prisons …… and compensate their victims.
They will be paid minimum wage when serving their time, but they will be expected to work at all the jobs nobody else wants to do :- sorting our waste; recycling our nuclear waste somehow; untieing knots in string; tieing knots in string;  cleaning graffiti off walls ( except for Banksy ).    When they have finished their term, they will then have to do a years voluntary service to pay their debt to society.”

“ A year or two of this and I expect there to be a lot less crime.   Then we will be able to do without most of the lawyers”

FORECAST SAVING :    £ 9.2 billion.

 

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