Praise where praise is due. Last month we praised George Osborne's support for a British Government Spending Transparency and Accountability Act (well we would really- we proposed it back in the Summer).
But now -less than a month later- he's had another good idea. He says he will withdraw all those costly newspaper ads for public sector jobs, and put them on a cheap central website.
According to Brand Republic:
"This plan could result in newspapers, particularly The Guardian's Wednesday Society section, losing around £790m spent by local and central government on job ads each year. The dedicated public sector website would only cost an estimated £5m."
The Gruaniad, eh? According to research from Reed Personnel Services, it carries two-thirds of public sector jobs.
Two-thirds! Did you have any idea we taxpayers were subsidising the Grauniad for half a bill?
What on earth will it mean for Pol?
We taxpayers get to save £800m and Pol et al lose most of their income.
Come on George- now you've sorted the Grauniad, surely the BBC has to be next.
PS Yes, I know, is it in any way plausible that the government could build and run a jobs website for £5m pa? Obviously it isn't. But they should put it out to tender among all the existing recruitment agancies. Like... er, Reed Personnel Services, say.
PPS Er...shome mishtake shurely... according to their annual results, the entire turnover of the whole Guardian and the Observer shebang was only £237m last year. Someone at Brand Republic needs a new calculator. But hell, even if the numbers don't add up, it sure ain't gonna help the G.