"A HIT list of 177 taxpayer-funded bodies to be abolished in a “bonfire of quangos” has been drawn up, it emerged yesterday.
This story is running with most of the press this morning, so there must have been a briefing..
but before I start saying thank god, I want a copy of the detailed list, so that I can check it against contacts in the EU bodies that will inevitably take over responsibility for the remits that these quangos had, to see whether it is a genuine cull, or simply a movement of responsibility to the EU institutions; i.e. Health Protection Agency, there are equivalent EU bodies that do the same work, the European Medicines Agency & European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and there is an Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) although that equates to the Dept of Health in the UK.
I imagine the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority will also fit into the list above as will the 30 health bodies that will be cut or have their functions transferred to the Department of Health.
If we are looking at killing off UK institutions in favour of EU agency control over their remits, then the EU bodies for most of them are already there. The British Council (probably a genuine cull), Environment Agency (European Environment Agency (EEA), Competition Commission (DG Competition), Design Council (not sure), Energy Savings Trust (Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators), Equality and Human Rights Commission (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Forestry Commission (European Environment Agency (EEA)) and the Office for Fair Trading (Consumer Affairs) are among the 94 publicly funded bodies whose fate has yet to be decided would all fit into that target group.
How would the power be transferred? Each EU agency assuming the UK remits would liaise via the Committee of the Regions to feed their instructions and decisions back to local authorities in the UK who would then manage the implementation.
So expect the UK political announcements to be along the lines of… we are giving responsibility to local authorities etc, to bring decision making closer to the people… Smoke and bloody mirrors.
And its not just about the money although god knows it needs cutting, its about saving what is left of this country of mine, but it looks like our Euro-sceptic Tories are in the final phase of the 40 year programme of power transfers to the EU right now…One has to wonder how many of our Coalition ministers have ever attended a Common Purpose seminar? No doubt an FOI would get thrown out! If all this comes to pass it must surely trigger a referendum?
As I kept telling people, all those arrogant quislings who thought they were on to a winner, money money money, non jobs for life… well, now their work is done, now they have broken the back of England, they are and always were expendable, no longer needed and will be thrown on the scrap heap with those who have gone before them…
Industry by Industry they have taken the quislings for suckers…. now its the public sector and the quangos."
Update: Just noticed Richard North has also latched onto this story - the rat is indeed beginning to smell!