Jan 312018

Magic Money Tree?

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income. – Errol Flynn. Poor old Errol, he can’t have had a Magic Money Tree.

Find a scapegoatWhy should we worry about runaway costs in our Government spending? The Magic Money Tree copes, doesn’t it? What about PFI?
Billions of loss and wastage, never mind fraud and error which accounts (February 2016) for between £22bn and £44bn per annum. Per year, for goodness’ sake. At least the money goes somewhere.
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Angels Share Series Introduction from Mac Logan.

Control-less Costs

Is it worth mentioning the losses from procurement cost overruns? We see them almost daily, for example:

[Then, of course, we’ve just had Carillion… and didn’t CAPITA just wobble?] It’s just as well the Magic Money Tree coughs up.

Charity begins at home … so save some cash

Where will the money come from? For example, if we control the runaway costs of government procurement and other wastefulness, we may have an answer … work smarter.
Commenting on the recent aircraft carrier costs, Margaret Hodge, the former Labour minister and past chair of the public accounts committee, stated:

“The carriers’ starting cost was £3.5bn, is currently about £6.2bn, and is likely to rise to up to £12bn. There will be nine years without a carrier, and it will be at sea for fewer than 200 days on average.”

What can we do in these days of food banks, tragic fires, austerity and pollution killing people tell us? We’re broke, the system’s broke and our leaders have no understanding or competence in fixing things.
Why does such crass inertia, insensitivity and incompetence remain unchallenged? Acceptance without question, covered-up and spun-away by our leaders? Perhaps all politicians lack the necessary expertise. My grandchildren will be paying for such mendacity and criminality for their whole lives.

Will the Magic Money Tree wither?

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when people are afraid of the light. Plato

that's the way the money goesHow do we overcome ideology and obvious disinterest? What should we do about the greedy/naughty/ corrupt people hiding in the wings?
If we fixed situations like these would we need much, if any, austerity or pain? Would we question helping our poor or educating our young folk? What opportunities would come to the fore?
The ongoing costs of government procurement and the lack of control as typified by fraud and error is a national disgrace. Does the Magic Money Tree need pruning?  Why isn’t this a key priority for our cash-strapped government? Even writers are getting in on the act
© Mac Logan
First blogged in October 2017

  2 Responses to “Who Harvests the Magic Money Tree?”

  1. I agree Mac Logan. Why was I not surprised to hear that the person behind the recent scandal at Carillion was none other than Phillip Green of BHS. Could we all have a magic money tree do you think? Thanks for popping by my blog.

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