June 17th, 2013

£120 Billion of Government Waste: The Worst Offenders

The TPA’s new Bumper Book of Government Waste outlines £120 billion of savings, £4,500 for each household in Britain. Which by no coincidence is almost exactly the same as the current budget deficit. These are some of the worst offenders.

William Hague’s taxpayer-funded snake stuffing is a classic…


  1. 1
    Popeye says:

    Why is number 9 not outright fraud?


    • 5
      The British People says:

      or no 6…


    • 14
      TPA says:

      these are all pretty piss poor but a long way off £120bn!


      • 21
        TPA says:

        it’s quite a funny report actually.

        they have basically taken numbers they like the look of from other reports or licked a finger and waved in the air to get some of the others.

        and these people get on our TV. madness.


      • 24
        Mitch says:

        Agreed. Suspect that after a couple of £bn the examples may not be so obviously ‘waste’.


      • 86
        BBC IT systems says:

        What about our £100M Digital Media Initiative?


      • 92
        Sir William Waad says:

        Guido has excluded the big, serious items. He thinks he knows his readership.


    • 100
      Jahbulon says:

      How much of this is freemasons lining each other’s pockets?


      • 109
        Old Blind Pugh says:

        What about £9Billion+ London Olympic Games ©® arenas that will never be used again, sold off at of a fraction of cost, the costs of Dave & co changing their minds over large projects eg aircraft carrier, Dave and Co can waste money better than Liebore.


    • 112
      broderick crawford says:

      Perhaps Vague wanted the snake for his crotch area to disprove the rumours …


  2. 2
    UKIP says:

    “Why UKIP has consistently opposed British involvement in Syria”

    The press likes to portray UKIP as garrulous right wingers always ready for a fight with Johnny Foreigner. I think that it is important to point out to the voters that UKIP has been opposed British involvement in all the recent foreign wars which the LibLabCon have lost. In choosing to go to war they have shown little regard for whether their is any popular public support for the decisions for actions taken in our name. UKIP have consistently been of the opinion that ‘we are not the worlds Policemen, we will strive to protect our own interests but we don’t meddle in affairs that are not our business, let them sort themselves out’.

    In this case ‘Let Allah decide’ nails it.


    • 3
    • 38
      Lord Stansted says:

      Agreed. As someone who lived throught the whole Cold War, I’m nonplussed but delighted at Putin’s stand. It’s a fucking *civil war* so why is the UK and US – and the bloody BBC – taking only one side. It’s their fight – let them get on with it.


      • 49
        Anonymous says:

        Putin’s stand is to supply arms to Assad and control the region. How delightful.


        • 60
          Lord Stansted says:

          The US controls the region – oh and it is the UK – not Russia – that has air and army bases in Cyprus – sovereign UK territory. at that. Wake up sonny and see the world how it really is. If you are soo keen to help then why don’t you fly out to Syria today instead of writing crap here.


          • A view from the Dead Sea says:

            Did I not read somewhere recently that Russia has newish naval facilities somewhere at the eastern end of the Med?


          • broderick crawford says:


            we realise it s gilding the lily to say eastern end of the med but actually it s …. archangel.


        • 63
          Living in 97.2% white Merseyside says:

          Whole heartedly agree!

          Instead of making decisions themselves they should just go out onto the street and ask Joe Public what we should do – not in an enriched area though!


        • 105
          Socialism Ate Mu Future says:

          Quatari pipeline = less dependence on Gazprom gas.

          That’s the real reason hence the funding from both Quatar and our extreme Wahhabist friends in the house of Saud…..


    • 52
      Hang on says:

      We do have a duty in world affairs as permanent members of the SC and a leading member of Nato. Whether we should go into Syria is beside the point. We are not isolationist and provincial.


      • 65
        Ministry of Defeat says:

        You may not have notice but we’ve just lost wars in Iraq and Afghanistan precisely because people with your superior outlook felt it their duty to blunder into unwinnable wars, without proper aims or planned outcomes, in places no-one had heard of, for reasons which no one understood, or had any commitment to. You want to go and fight, please do.

        Isolationist and provincial. Erm no. Simply that when we look out into the world we do so with a view to trading and creating prosperity rather than poking our noses into other peoples lives at the end of a gun.


        • 74
          Lord Stansted says:

          Well put.


        • 77
          rick says:

          “Isolationist and provincial”

          What a snotty little phrase. If you really want to police the world and bring democracy to the masses – why not start with Saudi Arabia, or North Korea for that matter.


        • 90
          Franklin Pierce, POTUS, 1853-1857 says:

          “…[W]hen we look out into the world we [should] do so with a view to trading and creating prosperity rather than poking our noses into other peoples’ lives at the end of a gun.”

          Although you might want to consider sending gunboats to the harbors of the countries you want to open up to trade, as I did with Japan. Worked like a charm! As a Mr Capone, famed Chicago businessman, put it, you do better with a gun and a kind word, than with a kind word alone.


          • Ministry of Defeat says:

            I agree. An insightful comparison of British foreign policy with an American hoodlum.


      • 114
        broderick crawford says:

        ….we are not isolationist and provincial ..

        co signed by Atilla the Hun and Taras Bulba

        ( both played by Yul Brynner if memory serves)


    • 88
      A view from the Dead Sea says:

      Dead right Mr UKIP. This little inter-sect kerfuffle has been going on since around 670AD and will continue well into the future too.

      So, we should just let them get on with killing each other and then we’ll talk to whoever is left standing. Otherwise no need for us to go anywhere near it.


  3. 4
    The British People says:

    Stop all legal fees paid by national and local government to start with

    Hundreds of millions to bent legal shysters right there…


  4. 6

    £42,250,000 p.a. MPs’ salaries.


    • 10
      Labourunionsbbc = EU says:

      Now that IS claiming money under false pretences: fraud.


      • 64
        V1le Labour trashed my Country says:

        You forgot the £10 million that is regularly paid off shore by the eu into Ed Multimillionaireband’s account.


    • 115
      broderick crawford says:


      42 mill . I never knew i earned that much .. i never see it !!

      Where d you put it , the Vanuatu account ?


  5. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Not all of that is “waste”. Some is, some depends on the context.

    Unless your starting point is that it’s a waste that we spend money on desks and charsr for public officials – they can stand and use laptops to work after all.


  6. 8
    The British People says:

    Your last thread Guido

    I do not know who are the most squalid, the MPs or the lawyers…

    But I suppose with this Squeaker who has already disgraced the name of Parliament we can expect anyone now


  7. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Of all the things to spend on I think the snake stuffing was money well spent.


    • 12
      Hang The Bostards says:

      There are 650 other snakes that need stuffing !


    • 13
      Labourunionsbbc = EU says:

      You mean Vazz got stuffed?


    • 22
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

      stuffed and mounted?


    • 93
      Matilda says:

      This episode was a minor amusing aside. The real scandal was David Milliband closing down the FCO’s Library which was full of historical documents and history dating back a few hundred years. Future historians will now have no access to our rich history as preserved in that one set of rooms.

      These Polish Millipedes really are in a class of their own when it comes to destruction of much that is (or rather was) good about Britain. They should both be strung up (next to that lovely snake?)


  8. 15
    Hall of Shame says:

    Stuart Hall is sentenced this afternoon. Tonight, his cellmate will say “It’s a knobout”.


  9. 16
    Jack says:

    And this is while Britain is expected to have another 10 years of austerity…


    There should be heavy financial sactions for all these fucking civil servants pissing our money up the proverbial wall


    • 99
      Rancid Lefty Fantacist says:

      Anyone who giving the sack to would create a security risk should be sent to a re-education camp for unpaid labour or executed.


  10. 18
    Vladimir Putin says:

    Я с огромным уважением к Вам, но британский народ скажите мне, почему вы выбрали эту пениса головой Кэмерон?


  11. 19
  12. 20
    Flat tax says:

    Flat tax of 10% with £10,000 tax free pay. There wont be enough “public” (i.e. our) money for all that bollocks.


  13. 23
    Dan Hodges says:

    Viral video: Young man(Owen Jones ?) directs traffic until police arrive http://goo.gl/lUVcy


  14. 25
    West End Chuka says:

    I would like to invite my namesake Michelle to a very exclusive club


  15. 26
    AngryEnglishJon says:

    I think we are so fortunate to have all these onanists in positions of power spending our monies on ‘projects’…


  16. 27
    The Real Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    They missed out the BBC – £100 million on a failed IT project (about which it seems they may have “misled” Parliament.) It appears that MP’s cannot even trust the information which the BBC gives to them.

    Oh, and £1 million to relocate ELEVEN staff to Salford. No written record in the BBC, apparently, of how the decision to allow this was made.


    • 31
      Chairman of BBC says:

      This ia all too much for me

      I am retiring to Oxford, the home of lost causes…


    • 79
      The Real Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      If the BBC cared about the licence-fee payer, the footage of its employees attempting to defend the spending of these sums would be broadcast on BBC1 on a Saturday night at 9.00 pm. There would be no BBC by Monday morning. Sadly, this isn’t the case.


  17. 29
    Count Dooku says:

    The Scottish taxis and the vending machines are perfectly justifyable expenses for any large organisation. And this is coming from a rabid economic right winger.


    • 33
      Association of Labour Peers says:


      Did I hear taxis? for hire?

      That’s our exclusive patch, you know…


    • 96
      Sir William Waad says:

      The point is that teabags, a jar of instant and a kettle would have been much cheaper and more reliable, as well as making better beverages.


  18. 30
    Wyle Cop says:

    The Bumper Book of B/S with near-zero research or analysis – a 6-year-old could have done better with this year’s edition.

    As I said at the time, the real scandal is this:



  19. 34
    Toby Young says:

    I feel that I have lost irreplaceable minutes of my life reading the tweets of Owen Jones.

    I pity Owen Jones for he knows not what he’s doing.He is a simple man.


    • 42
      Historian says:

      Meanwhile Thuggie Champagne Socialist Whelan, living off Unite’s members…

      charlie whelan ‏@charliewhelan 26 Mai
      First perfect day for salmon fishing on the Spey. Unfortunately its sunday and its not allowed in Scotland. Off to catch some trout instead


  20. 36
    AngryEnglishJon says:

    I always thought Geordie Armani was usually worn by Big Issue sellers and the Romani tramps


  21. 37
    Coincidence says:

    £120bn is also the amount that, if they win, Ukrap are estimated to be adding to our debt -vover and above the coalition.


  22. 39
    Right Full Rudder says:

    What’s the cost of every public servant with the word “diversity” in their job title?


  23. 40
    Blind_leading_the_blind says:

    “William Hague’s £10,000 snake stuffing”

    Is this an euphemism?


  24. 41

    Nice little earnersall round!!


  25. 43
    You Couldn't Make It Up says:

    Nice. Stuart Hall’s defence team using the “Savile abused 1,300. Our Stu ONLY abused 13″ argument. Oy Vey


    • 51
      Stuart Hall is a nonce says:

      That is not really a defense. Sounds more like apologist bull-shit.

      The two cases are very separate. Judge should throw that argument out with a censure of the mong defense lawyer who suggested it.

      However: That is likely more what the team are trying to say to the press / public rather than the Judge. There it will be confused girls, long time ago, didn’t ask for birth certificates, didn’t know age etc.

      Judge, if smart, may point out that he was working on a childrens TV show at the time with contestants below the age of 16.


  26. 44
    Hoots! It's Clown says:

    Just FYI, I never spent tax-payer’s money, NuLabour always invested.


  27. 46
    Point of Information says:

    That isn’t government waste. That is the 0.1% growth figure !


  28. 47
    Channel 4 tonight says:

    Another Dispatches must-watch. Tonight’s one is about “the spending local authorities don’t want you to know about”, including foreign trips, 5 star hotels, new cars and golf lessons.


    • 55
      Right Full Rudder says:

      Wish I could believe a single person will lose their job over it. Also wish someone would do a documentary on the 120 billion Euros lost every year to corruption by the EU too.


    • 71
      Living in 97.2% white Merseyside says:

      You forgot the cost of private investigators finding out who votes UKIP.


  29. 50
    Nick Clegg says:

    Whatever happened to that Olympic feelgood from 2012 ?


  30. 54
    Nigel Farage says:


    The Czech prime minister, Petr Necas, has been forced to quit after a fraud and spying scandal involving his closest aide, pitching the European Union member state into a period of uncertainty.

    Under the Czech constitution, the whole government will now have to step down, and there is likely to be horse-trading between the governing coalition, the opposition and the president before a replacement is in place.

    Necas quit days after prosecutors charged the head of his office, Jana Nagyova, with bribing members of parliament and ordering intelligence agents to spy on people. One of the surveillance targets, according to lawyers involved in the case, was the prime minister’s own wife, whom he is divorcing.

    Necas has said he knew nothing about the surveillance, but the charges were so toxic that his coalition partners signalled they could no longer support him.


    • 58
      Right Full Rudder says:

      “prosecutors charged the head of his office, Jana Nagyova, with bribing members of parliament and ordering intelligence agents to spy on people”

      I could have sworn it’s less than 2 weeks since several members of our parliament were caught taking bribes and our government admitted our intelligence agents spy on everyone, like the fucking KGB. And virtually nothing has happened. Wish I lived in a free country like Czechoslovakia.


      • 67
        Prism Watch (nee Echelon) says:

        ‘Wish I lived in a free country like Czechoslovakia.’

        – You do.

        However, there are less Roma causing trouble in the UK. When the doors open to Roman!a next year then that will change.

        Do not think for one minute that the intelligence agencies of the Czech Rep have not been sharing their details with the European Agencies. Domestically they have been spying, but EU has also been watching very closely.

        Now we shall likely see the EU manipulate the new government in a similar way in which democracy was subverted in Greece and !taly (pre Grillo)


        • 73
          Living in 97.2% white Merseyside says:

          The Czech Republic is a lovely country. Just hope they don’t allow themselves to become enriched.


    • 82
      PR spinner says:

      Sounds like the Digger…


  31. 57
    Leaders of?? says:


  32. 62
    John says:

    Connecting for Health, that wonderful all-encompassing network, was quietly killed off at the end of March. Cost? £35,000,000,000. Hmmm


  33. 68
    Living in 97.2% white Merseyside says:

    I’m sure more than £120bn is paid out in bennies for Merseyside.


  34. 72
  35. 75
    Fabians are evil says:

    Oh Dear! I want to rant and rave about the waste but……….but…………. They just do not listen.


  36. 76
    Windy Miller says:

    Who’s been stuffing William Hague with his snake?


  37. 80
    Confucius says:

    I wish to improve your day with my 2,500 year old maxim

    Flog the Beckhams


  38. 83
    Alex Slamond, the cleverest politician in Britain says:

    Shamefully, one again Scotland is under-represented in achieving just 1 in 10 of the examples of shameless government waste.

    I’ll be asking my SNP team, enthusiastically aided by Glasgow City Council, to really raise their game in this financial year so Scotland punches above it’s weight for throwing away the tax-payers money that’s sent up.

    Ya bas.


  39. 84
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    More Sun gutter press from Guido.
    So what are the top ten in value?


  40. 85
    Indy and Standard spokesman says:

    We are losing so much fucking money that even the bruiser Alex cannot continue to fund the shebang

    Too many hacks on board who think that the world owes them a living…

    It’s now a permanent War Room

    It was never like that in Moscow, you know…


  41. 89
    I'm a mobile caterer says:

    Number 8 might make very good sense. I speak as someone who owns one of these machines as part of a private business


  42. 91
    AAV says:

    Did you know that David Cameron’s senior digital economy advisor, Jonathan Luff quit and was allowed to go and work for Wonga as a political lobbyist, with immediate effect? A former Cameron advisor as a political lobbyist should be a valuable asset to Wonga, given that they are desperately fighting against mounting pressure for regulation of the predatory loan market and Canadian style caps on APR repayments.


  43. 94
    Lord Chief Justice and All That says:

    Our Courts are all bunged up with silly cases

    The Government should cut all legal aid and the legal profession will have to fund itself privately.

    It has enough Russian oligarchs paying millions

    Not to speak of the BBC and News International who are currently employing thousands of our blessed legal shysters…

    Or the honest banks….

    Or the aggressive tax evasion and avoidance industry

    Stop crying for the lawyers


    • 97
      Sir William Waad says:

      Joe Public needs legal aid when he is accused of burglary, and we need to give him it to preserve the rule of law and prevent oppression. Pressure Group X doesn’t need legal aid to try to establish a political point.


  44. 95
  45. 102
    Vote UKIP says:

    Dave’s serious about cutting the Deficit is he? Ha Fucking Ha.


  46. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Is it little wonder that people use tax avoidance schemes?


  47. 107
    New Town Toff says:

    Scottish Government is currently using taxpayers’ money to spend on an television advertising campaign telling the public to use the car less and walk more. Hypocrites!


  48. 108
    Saz says:

    Didn’t £35billion just go up in smoke over the cancelled Connecting for Health software?


  49. 118
    Member of armed forces says:

    The mod 1 is no surprise at all! 80 quid per toilet seat on RN ships is another 1!


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