Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Twenty Billion Pounds

This, on a thread about Nick Clegg's promise of tax cuts, is one of the best comments I have ever seen on CiF:

The NHS IT programme is a complete, utter fucking mess. It doesn't work and it never will work. It will eventually be scrapped, and if Liebour were still in power it would promptly be replaced by something even more useless and expensive.

It will end up costing the taxpayer twenty billion pounds. Do you understand what twenty billion pounds are? Let me help you:

On the day that Queen Victoria died, I put half a million pounds in used fivers in a suitcase, took it out into the woods, and burnt it in a bonfire. There wasn't any good reason for doing this - in much the same way as there isn't any good reason for much of Liebour's 'public spending' - but I did it anyway.

Then I did the same thing the next day. And the next. And the next. Every day of every week of every month of every year since the day that Queen Victoria died I have been burning half a million pounds in used fivers in a suitcase in a bonfire in the woods.

And I'm still not at twenty billion. I've still got nearly two years to go.

That's the sum of taxpayers' money that Liebour have spunked down the drain on one single foul-up in one single Department. If you're genuinely stupid enough to want them to carry on, then use your own money. Give them all of it. Tell them they can spend it on whatever they like.

They'll be delighted. - Cloutman


Crushed said...

It is true this government wastes a lot of money uselessly.

But isn't that the name of the game?

It's just WHO'S money they waste on what, methinks.

I think it is good though the LDs are questioning what their liberalism means.

Perhaps the LDs can truly break the mould of left right politics, but I doubt it.

But they seem to be thinking a lot more than they once did.

JuliaM said...

Fantastic! Most of the time CiF is a sewer. And sometimes, you find a diamond....

QT said...

I like CiF a lot. It's rare I see a thread where at least 50% of the commenters aren't talking more sense than the article writer.

But the one I posted is still a standout, of course!

richard allan said...

I agree. Genius!

Although idiots (like me) will say "What about inflation waah waah." But saying "On the day that Queen Victoria died, I burnt £5000. Then the next day, I burnt £5000.01..." wouldn't quite have the same effect, would it?