October 14th, 2010

The Bonfire Begins

Despite promising to create countless quangos during the election, the promised axe is coming down hard today on 192 quangos that will be abolished, with another 289 being radically overhauled. 380 quangos are staying including the BBC World Service, despite the Beeb’s scaremongering graphics. The sound of public sector fat cats gasping was audible across the airwaves this morning.

UPDATE: The list goes up on the Cabinet Office website, which subsequently goes down with all the quangocrats seeing if they still have a job. Try for yourself here.

UPDATE II: The DCMS confirms the UK Film Council is a goner.

UPDATE III: The full list:


  1. 1
    Ratsniffer says:

    Guido the Beeb were frantically spinning this morning that axing quangos would not actually save much money….as some of the functions they perform would simply have to be done by another body. I hope that the bonfire is just that – an inferno – and not a piffling little flame as dim as a toc h lamp.


    • 10
      Dave is a let down says:

      I’m Very very very upset that the BBC have escaped the Axe. Dave has failed his first serious test.


      • 21
        Mitch says:

        Frances Maude said it would save money but couldn’t say how much. In fact, it’ll probably cost more money, and reduce services.

        Guy from one quango was saying hs functions would be taken up by Citizens Advice. OK, fine, except he did long term research, which CA doesn’t currently. Result: poorer quality service, taking longer, costing more.

        Gesture, gesture, gesture. That’s all this is.


        • 39
          Anonymous says:

          Amazing. Lefties have actually determined that cuts will cost money. I suppose this is only possible because you all dropped maths at O-level and took up Drama?

          They are unaccountable, expensive and self-perpetuating, and remove power and responsibility from elected positions.

          LET THEM BURN.


          • Mitch says:

            Watch your Yes, Minister. It’s all explained there:

            Staff – made redundant or re-located. Result:Increased costs or at best no saving.

            Premises – sold (in current down market) or re-used (after expensive re-furbishment), Result: Loss and/or increased costs.

            Functions – stopped or transferred. Result: Increased re-training costs, less specialised staff, confused public clogging up other agencies.


          • isn't his naiveté sweet ? says:

            “Despite promising to create countless quangos during the election”


          • Save everyone £145 a year. Scrap the BBC says:

            Ahh the old “closing it won’t save any money, after redundancies and relocation” argument (provided you only look at the current year) Of course next year its running cost will be …errr… zero. No, no money saved at all. And two years later the cost will still be zero. Meaning err still no savings. Pathetic.


        • 50
          The medai play the emotional card to little effect says:

          Dermot Murnaghan gets bitch slap from Francis Maude on Sky News.

          Murnaghan getting himself in lather about abolition of CEOPS and comments by Jim Gamble its resigning Chief Exec accuses Government of putting children at risk.Maude tells him to stop these emotive childish criticisms…CEOPS was always part of NPIA and this work of course is a priority and continues to be unaffected and will continue but what is wrong with an elected Minister being responsible in future as opposed to an unelected Quango ? We should really try and have an adult conversation.

          Over on BBC reporter on narrow boat going down Birmingham Canal asks Waterways Employeee emotionally….the abolition of the National Waterways will spell disaster won’t it ? No ! says employee we’ve had re-organisations under Labour every 3 years and this will be no different we’ve planned for this. But what about jobs ? Well that is a worry but not a particular big oneGlug ! Glug ! as the BBC SS “Anti-Cuts” Narrow Boat goes down with all hands


          • The BBC is Quangoed says:

            I saw the waterways interview. The BBC reporter was most upset and suprised to hear that this was actually good news for British waterways and it gave the staff more job security. He was a bit like the EU and repeated the question hoping for the right answer this time but he was still given the wrong reply. Another expensive outside broacast wasted.


          • Fuck off you BBC bastards says:

            Thanks for relaying that!


        • 125
          The Red Wag says:

          Good on the guy from the quango saying his functions would be taken up by Citizens Advice, for continuing his long term research as a volunteer for the CAB. Top bloke.


      • 127
        The Golem says:

        Yes, far too many lefty quangocrats will be breaking out the champagne today.
        It is an effective piece of gesture politics though as there are bound to be small savings arising from it.


    • 14
      here comes the new boss, same as the old boss says:

      Nice that you used Bonfire of the Quangos without the slightest hint of irony.
      For every Quango shut down in a few years another will take it’s place.
      It always happens and politicians always promise to burn them all and then sneak back later to fill the new ones with their placemen.
      How else are they to reward their cronies ?

      And the story that dominates is the Miners and it will be for quite some time.
      Yet another unfortunate bit of timing by CCHQ.


      • 19
        Engineer says:

        Just because weeds grow in a garden regardless of the gardener’s efforts, it’s not an excuse to avoid the chore of weeding. The fruit and vegetables grow more strongly if the thistles and dandelions are kept in check.


        • 26
          Gramoxone says:

          Why be organic wasting time and money pulling the weeds? Kill them with herbicide is what I say.


          • Engineer says:

            The regular hoeing to keep the soil clean has rather been neglected these last few years. Hence the need now for the Round-up and flame-thrower approach. It’s brutal, but it’s cleansing. With the rubbish cleared, the productive can be nurtured.


          • EU & me - no thanks says:

            We can do all the work of your quangos.

            Not only will you be able to fill in your vegetable patch and not have to worry about future weeding but all your payments can be consolidated in to other easy payments in perpetuity.


        • 32
          organophosphate poisoning destroys the brain says:

          Politicians just weed it at the start of their terms and then five years later pretend surprise at all the new weed growth despite sneaking and watering those new weeds after the inital weeding.


    • 18
      Poisonous Labour says:

      Yes!!!!! This is just the start. All these non jobs for Labour friends and supporters should be eliminated.


      • 63
        Horny handed son of toil says:

        COALITION SCORES AGAIN! A £4 billion TAX AVOIDANCE loophole will be closed. Any future banker spivs will not be able to squirrel away more than £50K a year in tax free pension contributions. Shame they could not have caught Fred the Shred retrospectively.

        Liebor the banker’s best buddies would never have done that!

        Only another £76 billion to save. Oh yes £3 billion on universities, that leaves £73 billion to save each year.


        • 76
          the Banksters says:

          A trifling 4 BILLION ??? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

          We spend more than that on our bolly and prostitutes.


          • Mr Ned says:

            Yeah, but that’s another 4 billion that can go towards protecting the jobs of nurses and teachers instead of it going to billionaire bankers.

            Labour would rather see the hyper-rich international elite get that 4 billion than see it go to protecting the jobs of nurses and teachers.

            What the fuck are labour good for again? Apart from creating mass poverty and trapping people in dependency on the state?


          • E Balls lover of Keynes and Blanchflower says:

            You are prostitutes.


      • 77
        Quango says:

        It’s gesture politics.

        Lots of upheaval and unplanned rushed change. You need to keep organisations under review and no doubt some should be scrapped.

        The unpalatable truth for some of you is that you need some QUANGOs.

        Otherwise you get ludicrous partisan decisions by national and local politicians.

        I know you won’t agree. But that’s because you don’t know what you’re talking about.


        • 86
          Anonymous says:

          “I know you won’t agree. But that’s because you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

          Don’t be a twat all your life eh?


        • 122
          Mr Ned says:

          “The unpalatable truth for some of you is that you need some QUANGOs.”

          Which is why over 300 of them will be kept.

          But we do not need those that are being scrapped.

          labour screaming that this will not save any money…. That is because in labour’s philosophy, you do not make any changes without it creating more work and costing more money, otherwise what is the point of the change. They simply do not get it!

          The functions of the scrapped quangos can be performed by junior civil servants for a lot less than the senior executives on the quangos with massive expense accounts!


        • 130
          Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

          “The unpalatable truth for some of you is that you need some QUANGOs.

          Otherwise you get ludicrous partisan decisions by national and local politicians.”

          F*cvk me, heard it all now.

          Quangos are stuffed with guardian readers, grinding axes, generating ‘non-work’ and hoovering up cash in their expensively trimmed central London offices.



          • Russ says:

            ‘Quangos are stuffed with guardian readers, grinding axes, generating ‘non-work’ and hoovering up cash in their expensively trimmed central London offices.’
            Do you have any evidence for what this or does it just fit nicely with your blinkered and narrow worldview?
            Just asking.


    • 74
      Up sh1t creek says:

      A bonfire of the Quangos, and it isn’t even 5th of November.


    • 132
      Steve says:

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      Be as cheeky as you want, completely unmoderated:

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  2. 2
    Some bloke says:

    Well, christmas is coming and the turkeys are beginning to sweat.
    About time too.


  3. 3
    Swan says:

    Listening to Francis Maud it sounds more like a damp squib than a bonfire.


  4. 4
    P. Doff says:

    Good… November the 5th comes early this year (with no hard feelings for our Guido!).


  5. 5
    fat cunt says:

    no joy


  6. 7
    Anonymous says:

    “Stuck in the shithole for 10 weeks were the worst of my life, the smell of shit, piss and vomit all round me, the feeling of complete hopelessness and despair, that horrible feeling of impending doom, such a dark horrible miserable place, and looking into the eye’s of those around me and seeing they are feeling the exact same.”

    Yes you guessed it ,this is what really went on during Brown’s last weeks and how he felt..


    • 17
      Anonymous says:

      So much bile! Jesus…

      Never mind the politics of the matter, the general drooling over the thought of people losing their jobs says more about you lot than any policy or its relative merits.


      • 33
        Anonymous says:

        Jobs are things that people do that add value to the worth of the country and they get paid a legitimate wage for so doing. So many “jobs” were created by Labour just to keep them off the unemployment figures and are a drain on our resources.

        You should go back to reading the GUARDIAN. You’re wasting your time on here. Or even go back to school and get educated. There are lots of good schools in other countries.


      • 82
        I am Sick says:

        Seven words, one hundred and sixty billion pound deficit.


        Three more, four trillion debt.


        Those losing their jobs, can thank only ZaNu Labour for their demise.


      • 92
        The political class can kiss my arse says:

        Fuck off you Khant!


  7. 8

    Is it just me, or can anyone else smell burning?


    • 30
      genghiz the khan says:

      Kilgore: Smell that? You smell that?
      Lance: What?
      Kilgore: Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that.
      Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn’t find one of ‘em, not one stinkin’ dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like
      [sniffing, pondering]
      Kilgore: victory. Someday this war’s gonna end…


  8. 9
    Martin Day says:

    Forget the quangos, how about this scoop ?

    The coalition Government took out 50 new contracts with consultants in less than three months despite promising to cut the cost to the taxpayer of using outside experts, it was disclosed today.

    The National Audit Office (NAO) said that in the 12 weeks following Chancellor George Osborne’s clampdown on consultants as part of his plan to slash £6.2 billion of “wasteful” spending, deals were approved worth almost £10 million.


    • 22
      Jumper Collins says:

      So they spent £10 million to save £6.2 billion. Sounds good value to me


    • 24
      Anonymous says:

      Still no answer as to what Labour would cut.? Never mind kids, you can pay

      The next carry on movie, starring red-ed, postman -al,hatty dromey,featuring ed and yvettes balls

      “Carry on Spending”

      Special guest appearances ‘Viv Nicholson’ and Flash (I saved the world) Gordon, Countessa Jowell and Peter Pandelson. See how Liam Burns after there is no more money in the bank and we are jusst left with a big red northern rock.


      • 54
        purpleline says:

        Labour annouce cuts they would have made to save the country

        Gordon Browns head now rejoice!


      • 120
        Babbling Idiot says:

        Surely a carry-on movie with lesbian twins must have something going for it?

        Maybe a surprise ending where Ed gets the cabinet to drink poison to allow the alien spaceship to take them to a country that still has money?


    • 25
      Engineer says:

      How many consultants’ contracts ended during the same period, Martin?


    • 47
      Gordon's broken calculator says:

      £6 billion is 6000,000,000,000.

      And George has done and added another 10,000,000.

      so Osborne has added 1/600,000 to the bill. 0.000006

      Great scoop martin, keep ‘em coming.


      • 62
        Fairy elephant says:


        £6 billion is 6,000,000,000.

        And George has done and added another 10,000,000.

        so Osborne has added 1/600 to the bill. 0.00166667 or 0.167%


      • 65
        Greg Beales says:

        But Osborne has lied yet again

        “despite promising to cut the cost to the taxpayer of using outside experts”

        and what does Osborne go and do…..awards 50 new contracts !!!!!

        This information will be handed to Ed Miliband for next weeks PMQ’s


        • 95
          AC1 says:

          nope he added MINUS 590 MILLION to the deficit.

          When you cut out a cancer (and Labours legacy is a country killer) you need to pay a surgeon.


          • Socialism has murdered 150 million human beings pride says:

            Actually, no you dont.

            The analogy is wrong. The political scum are paid to come up with the ideas and do the work(thats the theory–in fact they are thieving cnuts) they don’t need to hire more idiots, many of whom will be the Tory’s pals (and I say that as someone who hates socialism) to put even 10p on the public payroll.

            How many of the political/bureaucratic class will actually lose their jobs in this quango-roust?. A lot less than you might think.


  9. 11
    Anonymous says:

    This is being done to we can triple our contributions to the EU this year.


  10. 12
    La Veuve de Saint-Pierre says:

    The sound of tumbrils is deafening this morning


  11. 13
    Anonymous says:

    The left leaning beeb asks “What is a Quango?”


  12. 16
    annnnnoyperson says:

    Guido, the Cabinent Office website seems to be off line. Is this due to volume of traffic generated by all us Co-Cons, or has some slackjaw socialist decided to launch a DOS attack on it?


    • 23
      Anonymous says:

      No. Its all the jobsworths looking to see if they can still sponge off the taxpayer.

      I cant get through either


  13. 20
    Greg Beales says:

    The result of a ballot on strike action by political bloggers will be announced today.


  14. 27
    Lenin says:

    These are the best cuts that can be made. Save a lot of money while hurting only those that work for the axed QUANGOS.


  15. 31
    Simple says:

    Scrap the Olympics and Trident. Deficit gone, job done.


  16. 35
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Let the games begin !


  17. 37
    Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait for the Bonfire of the EU!


  18. 43
    Anonymous says:

    WRAP – a quango advising on wheelie bins and recycling – has cost over £800million. Is it on the list? And why cannot the government publish a list without website crashes and general inefficiency?


  19. 44
    Aaron James says:

    More like rebranding of the quangos.


  20. 45
    Chilied Chileans says:

    They got them all out. I thought there’d be at least one half eaten corpse. Any minor set back is an excuse to scoff your mates over there.


  21. 46
    Dave says:

    Equality and Human Rights Commission to be reformed – good.


    • 70
      Lurker says:

      Interesting to see that the Commonwealth Development Corporation escaped. Despite the Eye’s revealing of what they have been up to in the last few years.
      Trebles all round!


    • 87
      Once was red says:

      No, Bad. This unelected, unaccountable, irrelevant and expensive quango should have been abolished. Coalition failed another test of nerve!


  22. 51
    concrete pump says:

    The ‘hearing aid council’ and ‘teachers TV board of governors’!

    Fucking hell……!


  23. 57
    Asking of Barking says:

    How come all the heads of these Quangos are left leaning, Guardian reading, socialist parasites?


  24. 59
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    O/T can a district court in Texas stop the sale of a uk football club ?

    I mean could a county court in the UK interfear with a USA company ?


    • 68

      It can’t.
      but RBS and Red Sox don’t want to upset the Yanks, where they have much business, so they pretend to care for a bit until another judge says ‘this injunction has no meaning in UK law’


    • 79
      Captain Black says:

      No, but it will soak up a little time whilst RBS get the injunction thrown out.

      They could just go ahead and do a deal, but since RBS does business in Texas it’s safer to have the court accept the English Court’s supremacy in this matter.


    • 112
      Pedantic Khant says:

      It’s interfere not interfear. Get yourself an in-line web form spelling checker you pheasant.


  25. 61
    Arnie the Quango Terminator says:

    Hasta La Vista, Baby!


  26. 64
    double dip says:

    We’re making thousands more unemployed.Whoopee!!!


    • 94
      Liam Byrne says:

      There’s no money left.


      • 113
        And it's your fault too says:

        Try telling the corrupt EU that! Try getting the khants to audit the accounts that have been gathering dust over the last fourteen years too. Fuckers.


    • 109
      AC1 says:

      These parasites who harmed society either by not being worth the wages extorted off taxpayers and/or by harming people with self-aggrandising regulations have to opportunity to be something beneficial or at least less of a loss.


  27. 69
    Sophie says:


    A single safety match more like.

    The Con / Lib / Lab cabal of crooks are never going to vote for smaller Government or less influence.

    Quangos, like the Honours system, is a way of bribing those you need to do some service or function for you.

    No change here, this is merely blue Labour selling the lie that they are somehow different to the last lot. move along.


  28. 72
    Champagne Socialist says:

    Will I really have to cut back on my Champagne now and my flights and holidays? How unfair is that!

    Why can’t my kids pay bastards!


  29. 83
    Scouser says:

    What I can’t understand is why anyone would want to buy Liverpool. Don’t they realise that they will be robbed of everything within 5 minutes?


  30. 89
    Ratsniffer says:

    Even a cursory look through the list reveals the clunking fist of the lib dems, with all their favourite cosy little projects protected…looks like Clegg’s mob have pissed on the bonfire.


  31. 97
    Justice for Gordon Brown - Give him life! says:

    Cam commits Quangocide, he is a crim.


  32. 104
    Vive la revolution says:

    Madam De Farge says, I was so lookin forwad to zee ze eds of those biarsed bbc aristocrats zevered from zere quango. Merde! Je suis tres decu!


  33. 115
    the bloke from IT says:

    I work for a quango whose abolition has been announced a while back. However, some of its functions will be retained because they are considered valuable by the present Government. Therefore, the quango will be abolished and a new body, let’s call it ‘Quangex’, will be set up to retain such functions. Initially, Quangex will be much smaller and more contained than the original quango. There will be a little media attention to the formation of Quangex and to the fact that this is no longer a quango and it’s much more contained etc. However, when the spotlight moves away, gradually, Quangex will begin to grow again. It will need three more researchers, one extra policy officer, four more admin staff, and two new communication officers. They may also need new premises and a new IT system; which means that they will need to hire additional consultants and lawyers to look after leasing, procurement and so on. You get the picture. I genuinely do not believe that you can kill a quango, they seem to be indestructible. In addition, so many people in the private sector hang-on to these bodies: suppliers, consultants and all manner of service providers. There is too much interest at stake.
    It’s a bit like crime. It should be reduced, but when you think about how many people make a living out of it, apart from criminals! I got burgled a few years back. The thief took away a few hundred pounds worth of stuff; but so many people were involved in the case, the mind boggles. The policeman came with a technician to take fingerprints. He asked us whether we would need a councillor (we declined) and gave us the contact details of the people at Victim Support. That very night we had to call a locksmith to secure the front door and, later on, we called another locksmith to improve it (fitting a better lock and a bar across it). We also called a builder and a carpenter to replace the back door as it had been damaged quite badly by the thieves. Then we called the insurance people. When we got the cheque from them we went to a number of shops to replace the items. Then we decided to fit an alarm and the people from the alarm company are still making money from that original theft. I would be surprised if the burglar made more than £100 that day, but so many law abiding respectable people from all walks of life, made a living out of him. It’s the same with quangos and with some sections of the public sector. We all know that they are a nuisance, but so many people make a living out of them.


  34. 116

    You mean they could have abolished the BBC.

    There’s an opportunity missed.

    Where would we be without the BBC running cuts scare stories every new item and doing research that would otherwise be funded by the Labour party ?

    Next time….


  35. 118
    No Change says:

    Northern Ireland’s QANGOs remain untouched.



  36. 123
    I hate New Labour says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    My guess is they’ll be re-titled, a sort of ‘off balance sheet’ type maneuver.

    Cameron is nothing more than a Blair clone, a second rate one at that. The easy headline is all he’s after. Let’s judge him by his actions.


  37. 134
    Boiuled Cabbage says:

    I love the sound of pigs squealing….


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