George Osborne’s report on Brexit wants us to believe the Treasury can predict the future as far away as 2030, yet they can’t even tell us how much the report cost to produce. In a written question to the Chancellor Michael Fabricant asked for cost of producing the report and how many man-hours it took in total. David Gauke replied:
“The Treasury is appropriately resourced to support the Government’s priorities in Europe. However, it is not practical to identify full-time equivalent staff numbers.”
They can provide a cost analysis for 14 years in the future, but not something that happened in the last few weeks!