Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sincerest Form Of Waste Watching

Today the Telegraph launches Waste Watch:

"...a new campaign to expose cases of taxpayers' money being wasted by public servants. Each week we will highlight examples of bureaucrats failing to keep a grip on costs, or dipping into the public purse to fund unnecessary projects."


Its first four stories are:
  • £29 grand on a new logo for Huntingdonshire district council
  • £2.3m for DfID officials to have their Louis Quinze desks and other home comforts air freighted to their postings in poor Third World countries
  • £6 grand for a failed attempt by Devon and Cornwall Police Authority to eject one of its members because he called teenage yobs "yobs"
  • £58 grand pa for Preston Council's new Head of Worklessness ("worklessness" being the new uber-pc term for "unemployed" or "jobseekers")

Well done to the Telegraph - we'll be reading avidly.

PS Yes, the Bloke's Waste Watch© vids for the TPA were called Waste Watch© (eg here), and the Bloke would never ever dream of infringing copyright himself, but in this case, he's delighted to waive all royalties for the title's use by the Telegraph.

PPS The pic of Captain Copyright has been liberated from The Patry Copyright Blog. It's written by William Patry, who describes himself as "Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc. Formerly copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, formerly Policy Planning Advisor to the Register of Copyrights, formerly Law Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; author of numerous treatises and articles (including one on fair use with Judge Richard Posner), including the new 7 volume treatise on "Patry on Copyright". Actually, he sounds somewhat scary, and his blog is pretty heavy duty. Let's hope he doesn't mind our use of his pic.

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