Freedom from Inept Civil Servants

The FT recently reported on a new British Project called UKube1 which needed funding for its own launch rocket too, as Mr Willets misguidedly announced at this years Farnborough Airshow.

Remember Beagle of a few years ago which Prof. Pillinger led? Yup, ESA severely criticised it, because Engineers were not involved in its design. Remember too, that ESA (The European Space Agency) got it to Mars, but it disappeared virtually as soon as it was launched. I do not believe any claim that it was photographically found as debris on Mars – that is just an unnacceptable defence of a badly designed programme in my view.

So, if ESA launches rockets, why are we to build a new one according to the Minister, Mr Willetts? I note from his CV that he is philosopher, and makes arguments on behalf of Conservative Party strategy. So, some Civil Servant has primed Mr Willetts to say that which he did, Mr Willetts was unable to question it because he certainly has no experience of engineering or physics programmes, and spoke rubbish, not even in line with Coalition Govt policy – to remove all wasted spending.

I suggest the Govt cancel the whole idea, stop ESA because that Willetts Civil Service group is spending many millions of hidden money on so called science projects within the ESA orbit, and get rid of the top civil servants who dreamed up this totally wasteful fiasco too.

Thankyou.

Why is this idea important?

The FT recently reported on a new British Project called UKube1 which needed funding for its own launch rocket too, as Mr Willets misguidedly announced at this years Farnborough Airshow.

Remember Beagle of a few years ago which Prof. Pillinger led? Yup, ESA severely criticised it, because Engineers were not involved in its design. Remember too, that ESA (The European Space Agency) got it to Mars, but it disappeared virtually as soon as it was launched. I do not believe any claim that it was photographically found as debris on Mars – that is just an unnacceptable defence of a badly designed programme in my view.

So, if ESA launches rockets, why are we to build a new one according to the Minister, Mr Willetts? I note from his CV that he is philosopher, and makes arguments on behalf of Conservative Party strategy. So, some Civil Servant has primed Mr Willetts to say that which he did, Mr Willetts was unable to question it because he certainly has no experience of engineering or physics programmes, and spoke rubbish, not even in line with Coalition Govt policy – to remove all wasted spending.

I suggest the Govt cancel the whole idea, stop ESA because that Willetts Civil Service group is spending many millions of hidden money on so called science projects within the ESA orbit, and get rid of the top civil servants who dreamed up this totally wasteful fiasco too.

Thankyou.

Make It A Legal Requirement That Local Councils Only Raise Charges Against Specific And Costed Expenditure.

All local councils should be required to set out their items for expenditure in advance of being able legally to raise charges, council tax or any other revenues or borrowing. It seems local authorities assume they can simply raise any money they can screw out of captive ratepayers and then decide what to do with it, e.g., pay themselves and their staff vast salaries, expenses and pensions that they can access quickly through allowing themselves to retire early.

All propsoed charges to be collected from homeowners and businesses to be set out in advance of any charges becoming legal and collectable.

This requirement is found to be neccessary with reference to recent developments where those elected and entrusted with local government use the system without due regard and concern for those who must pay for local governnment. They can't be trusted and we must be able to stop the extravagance and waste at source.

Why is this idea important?

All local councils should be required to set out their items for expenditure in advance of being able legally to raise charges, council tax or any other revenues or borrowing. It seems local authorities assume they can simply raise any money they can screw out of captive ratepayers and then decide what to do with it, e.g., pay themselves and their staff vast salaries, expenses and pensions that they can access quickly through allowing themselves to retire early.

All propsoed charges to be collected from homeowners and businesses to be set out in advance of any charges becoming legal and collectable.

This requirement is found to be neccessary with reference to recent developments where those elected and entrusted with local government use the system without due regard and concern for those who must pay for local governnment. They can't be trusted and we must be able to stop the extravagance and waste at source.

Charge market rates for ALL Freedom of Information requests by the media

The idea is that all organisations or individuals with a commercial interest or who obtain commerial reward who submit Freedom of Information requests are charged for the work involved in gathering that information.  They would be asked to declare their position when submitting the request and pay a registration fee.  On completion, they would be billed for the work done to generate the information with the appropriate limits and quotes to minimise excessive charges.

Why is this idea important?

The idea is that all organisations or individuals with a commercial interest or who obtain commerial reward who submit Freedom of Information requests are charged for the work involved in gathering that information.  They would be asked to declare their position when submitting the request and pay a registration fee.  On completion, they would be billed for the work done to generate the information with the appropriate limits and quotes to minimise excessive charges.