Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Not enough

As government debt breaks the £1-trillion barrier, we have Dellers arguing that "we need to see where our tax money goes", an idea that was floated yesterday by Philip Johnston, and picked up by Whitterings from Witney. But it does not improve with re-telling.

Just giving us a "receipt" is not enough. What does it profit a man if (as indeed he will) he gets his Barclaycard statement, listing the excesses of his spendthrift wife? What we need is for government to be very clear on what it would wish to spend money, while we have the right to cut up the credit cards – exercising a veto on government spending plans.

We have to be able to stop the expenditure before the money is wasted. And until that happens, there is no democracy.