Thursday, March 20, 2008
News From BOM Correspondents- 2
Latest news and links from correspondents:
Rewards for failure
By its own admission, the FSA made a complete horlicks of regulating the Crock, and quite rightly there has been blood.
But not much blood. No politico has gone. And the only high profile departure announced so far is FSA retail chief Clive Briault, who was directly in charge of overseeing NR.
And guess what- he's leaving with a £380,000 payoff. Plus a glowing reference from FSA boss Hector Sants: “Clive has been an outstanding colleague who has contributed much to the organisation.”
And his contribution to taxpayers?
(HTP Dave B)
According to the Cambridge News:
"A bus which takes 18 children as young as four from Rampton to Cottenham Primary School is to be axed in September. A minibus which ferries 40 traveller children from the Smithy Fen site to the school was also to be scrapped.
However, the council's Cambridgeshire Race Equality and Diversity Service (CREDS) has now stepped in, forking out £38,000 a year to save the service. Angry parents are accusing the council of discriminating against the settled community by not saving the Rampton bus."
The council says the cash from CREDS' budget can only be spent on improving the attainment of children from minority communities.
What an outrage: the top-down Stalinism of ring-fenced local authority funding being used to enforce ideological dogma dictated by the "progressive" elite. The wishes of local parents simply don't count.
Another Olympics Black Hole
The NAO has just published its report on funding for DCMS's daft Olympic Superathletes programme (see many previous blogs eg here). It turns out that none of the £100m supposedly coming from private sector sponsors has so far been raised.
Wonder who's going to fill the gap?
Talking of sponsors, the Times reports that NHS hospitals are to enter sponsorship deals with private sector companies. One idea is that Nike could sponsor brain surgery. No, really.
The mind boggles.
And then it asks why?
What possible advantage is there to taxpaying patients in allowing Nike or Durex to use the NHS logo on their products?
Don't make me larf. Remember the City Academies fiasco. We've blogged before about the pitiful amounts raised from private sponsors for them. According to the latest figures, there have so far been 68 Academy projects approved, but only £64m raised from sponsors. So that's less than £1m each, or £600 grand net of tax. Even though the average cost of an Academy is £26m.
NHS sponsorship is yet another example of our idiotic, commercially naive commissars playing at running "a business".