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Old 05-03-2013, 17:04
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Is there any particular reason why we're not consulted when our money is spent by 'those in charge' ?
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:04
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We elect these people called MP's.
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:07
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Political parties outline their budget plans in their manifesto, the public votes in the election, spending is then further outlined in the budget. I assume you voted?
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:09
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Do you want them to call you before every decision, Dave?
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:19
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Do you want them to call you before every decision, Dave?
Only reasonable. What would Dave like to do about setting next year's local services support grant?
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:28
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I have no problem in seeing money spent where it should be spent, but when it comes to things like spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on 'consultancy' (where projects are never realised), then I'm sure you'd agree there's a right to be heard.

Also, why isn't there any refund when that kind of sick end-result occurs ? - it seems private companies are laughing all the way to the bank.
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:30
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Asking the public to micromanage the economy would be just about the worst thing any government could do.
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:31
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I have no problem in seeing money spent where it should be spent, but when it comes to things like spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on 'consultancy' (where projects are never realised), then I'm sure you'd agree there's a right to be heard.
You do have a right to be heard. Write to your MP or councillors. Don't vote for them next time round. Run for office yourself or join a political party. There are lots of ways to make your opinions listened to.

Implementing some sort of do you want to spend this 10 on a) healthcare or b) education system would be somewhat unworkable.
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:31
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Having the general public in charge of the finances would be like putting the children in charge of the weekly household shop.

It would all go on Haribo, and they'd be no toilet paper.
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:31
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Is there a particular 'consultancy' that cost hundreds of thousands of pounds you're referring to? Or a particular unrealised project?
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:39
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Is there a particular 'consultancy' that cost hundreds of thousands of pounds you're referring to? Or a particular unrealised project?
In my neck of the woods, 33,000 of taxpayers' money was wasted on plans for a health centre. That figure didn't include any staff costs.

I'd say that's pretty disgusting. Even moreso when nothing was claimed back.
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:40
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I have no problem in seeing money spent where it should be spent.
This is highly subjective.

We would need a referendum every week.
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