Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Nobbling The National Audit Office
For those who didn't see Peter Oborne's documentary for C4 Dispatches last night - Nice work if you can get it - I've ripped the bit showing how the National Audit Office gets nobbled by government.
Regular readers will know all about the NAO, and how its head Sir J Bourne is now (imho) fatally compromised by his travel arrangements (eg see here). They will also know how the NAO was spectacularly nobbled by the Department of Health over its report on the NHS Supercomputer fiasco (eg see here). The charge is that they're far too cozy with government.
Oborne did a reasonable job on this and other egregious abuses by Britain's "political class" (unreceipted personal expenses, huge mortgage subsidies, feather bedded pensions etc etc). But we do wish Dispatches would stop its gimmicky production style (see clip). Why not report it straight? We can take it.
PS For those in the mood for a little more commentary on the antics of the ruling class, may we recommend (WARNING: EXTREME PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED) The Guy From Boston . For starters, try 535 Employees. (HTP David Blackie).