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Ben Chu has been a leader writer at The Independent since 2004. Before that he worked at the paper on the comment desk, letters department and the personal finance pages. He studied history at Jesus College, Oxford between 1997 and 2000.

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A quango to the rescue

Posted by Ben Chu
  • Tuesday, 31 March 2009 at 05:24 pm

Everyone seems to be agreed on one easy measure to cut public spending: slash the quangos. You know the sort of thing: those committees of obscure worthies who never seem to do anything, like the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
             Except that the CSPL (budget for 2008/09 £660,000) was called into action yesterday to investigate MPs expenses. And if the CSPL did not already exist the Government would have to invent it since no one trusts a cosy club like parliament to investigate itself.
              I'm not arguing that the quango-culture has not got out of hand. But we should be sceptical of those politicians who tell us there are any "easy" savings out there.

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