Saturday, March 26, 2005

Cutting taxes - no tall order

There has been much gnashing of teeth over Howard Flight's comments. Labour are now saying that there is some secret agenda to cut spending on schools hospitals the police or other frontline services. There is no such thing and Conservatives like myself actively campaign for better public facilities in our areas. However there is no doubt that large amounts money are wasted in the public sector. This morning I revealed in the Western Mail that the Welsh Development Agency had spent £43,500 sending eight members of staff to the exclusive resort of Cannes in the South of France where they visited a "property conference." This is just a drop in the ocean compared to the millions which have been wasted on schemes like the Welsh Assembly debating chamber, Welsh Embassies around the World, not to mention the millions earmarked for free schools breakfasts. And this is just a sample of what is going on in Wales. Cut out the waste and we can cut taxes without cutting public services. Simple.


Blogger David said...

What's the estimated cosy, now, of the Welsh Assembly Building? Last figures I saw were; original estimate: £10m; current estimate: £67.

Has it got worse or better, and has the project manager been sacked yet?

2:05 AM  
Blogger Anthropax said...

£67? sounds like a bargin to me! Oh, you mean £67 MILLION. Right, that's quite a lot

2:27 AM  
Blogger David Davies AM said...

David you are almost spot on - I think the original cost was £7million and the last estimate I saw was £66 although no doubt it has climbed a bit further since then.

People think that this is a new building which will replace the one we are currently in, but in fact it is simply an additional debating chamber. Bargain? I don't think so!

Shame on all those who voted for it.

9:41 AM  
Blogger David said...

How on earth can the estimated costs multiply tenfold without serious consequences for someone? Who's managing this?

We're supposed to believe the current administration can manage money?

10:30 AM  
Blogger Derek of Monmouth said...

When will someone decree that any vote, Nationally or Referendom, the minum voting figure for agreement must be 51% of the electorate. Then, hopefully we will the majority of people agreeing with the outcome. I have not found anyone todate, who voted labour it must have been a very miniscule number :-)

10:35 AM  

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