Today people talk in millions, as well as billions, and we are constantly seeing vast areas of waste, some predictable, some as a result of panic, as in the case of the flu pandemic. It seems that they are educating people in different skills, who haven’t a hope of getting a job in that skill for the foreseeable future. The public are making demands, both in the health service and in education, that may be valuable, but in effect are the icing on the cake and not essential,. The controversies over the policy of the war in Afghanistan have rumbled on since its inception, never more so than now. These are generalities, and there are many more. It would therefore seem that there should be a board whose responsibility is to oversee government proposals as related to necessity rather than just as a policy, and submit its criticism of any areas that it considers is waste, for Parliamentary approval, before implementation. Almost on a weekly basis, and sometimes on a daily, policies are implemented and then later changed, and this can cause disruption, which is expensive, and additional outlay that could have been avoided. I have said before a lot of the changes have been a matter of doing something for the sake of being seen to do something, which are then later proven to have been a mistake. I think most of the people dealing in billions, or even millions, while they may not have even a clue of the relationship of the sums to the general economy, nonetheless make these decisions. The sort of parallel is the one where many years ago I started to do the lottery and questioned whether I really needed any more than £500,000 to live in a state that I would like to become accustomed, when other people derided me. I personally could not see how I could justify spending more than that sum, over a few years, without actually wasting it.

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