Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Ministry of Silly Offices

So our illustrious Chancellor, George Osborne, today announces the creation of his latest non-quango guango - the gloriously titled "Office of Tax Simplification".  It could come straight out of a Yes, Minister script, or even better, Monty Python.  This announcement follows hot on the heels of the independent Office of Budget Responsibility, whose independence from ministers is guaranteed by it being situated in, you've guessed it, the Treasury.  And whose first head, Sir Alan Budd, quit amid rumours that he felt his independence was being threatened.

So now we have the "Office of Tax Simplification". The Big Bad State is dead..."Long Live the Big Bad State"!  It seems the only way the Government can deal with problems such as complicated taxes, is by setting up an official 'Office'.  If it were that easy to solve the alleged problems of an over-weaning state, I think that someone might have thought about setting up new offices.  It seems that quangos and their ilk are only bad if the other side created them.  Good quangos can actually reduce bureaucracy, increase efficiency and make the world a better place.

But I'm all for giving our new government a fair chance.  I have some suggestions for them as to some new bureaucratic solutions to some of our nation's most pressing problems: the Office of Ending Badness; the Office of Social Responsibility (aka the Work House); the Office of Goodness; the Office of Fair Play; the Office of the Big Society (watch this space, this one's coming, for sure); the Office for Bureaucratic Excellence and Reform; the Office of Hard-Working Families; the Office of New Offices.

That's enough sarcasm for one morning.  Over and out.

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