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Enjoy the silence (of the Taxpayers Alliance)

17 Apr 2013, By

Taxpayers Alliance logoI had a short article published yesterday over at Union News reflecting on the deafening silence from the so-called Taxpayers Alliance in relation to the use of public funds for Baroness Thatcher’s funeral.

The article wasn’t a comment on the appropriateness of the State paying for the send off of a former Prime Minister, but an observation that a group that quite regularly issues apoplectic press releases drawing attention to whatever it regards as an inappropriate use of ‘taxpayers’ money (almost everything in case you’re wondering) appeared to have nothing to say about how the costs of the late Lady Thatcher’s funeral were being met.

So a hat tip is due therefore to journalist Ally Fogg who yesterday produced the following list of things the TPA has, and hasn’t, commented on since April 1st this year.  It makes the point about the farce that is the TPA’s supposed political independence much more powerfully than my article could ever have hoped to.  Let’s just hope the media, and the BBC in particular, are paying attention.

THINGS THE TAXPAYERS ALLIANCE HAVE HAD AN OPINION ON SINCE APRIL 1ST

  • Business rates on empty buildings
  • Prison gymnasiums
  • Prison therapy programmes
  • Prisoner rehabilitation programmes
  • Prisoners’ access to legal aid
  • Prisoners’ access to air freshener
  • The Bedroom Tax
  • Rise in the tax threshold
  • The Health and Social Care Act
  • The Welfare Reform Bill
  • GLA staff internet browsing history
  • MPs expenses tribunals
  • Cosmetic surgery on the NHS
  • Working trips by the Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • International Development spending
  • Housing benefit for prisoners on remand
  • Sentences for benefit fraud
  • Compensation payments for injured children
  • Scrapping the development of a police computer
  • A grant to KPMG to set up a Glasgow office
  • The Cyprus bailout
  • Welsh councils’ spending on gifts for guests
  • Refreshments at meetings with Mayor Rahman
  • Demolition of derelict homes in Stoke
  • University Vice Chancellors’ pay
  • Medical negligence law suits
  • Accident at work compensation
  • Fitting council vehicles with GPS
  • The appropriate number of children for people on benefits
  • Gagging clauses for BBC executives
  • A subsidised bar in Whitehall
  • Charges for green waste collection
  • Windfarms in the South Pacific
  • Decisions of the Financial Services Authority
  • Councillors’ pensions
  • Advice offered by NHS Online
  • Headteachers attending conferences
  • Trainee doctors’ wages
  • Health support for obese children
  • The BBC iPlayer
  • The BBC’s disciplinary procedures
  • The Youth Police and Crime Commissioner Paris Brown
  • Gender realignment surgery
    and…
  • The stuffing of William Hague’s snake

THINGS THE TAXPAYERS ALLIANCE HAVE NOT HAD AN OPINION ON SINCE APRIL 1ST

  • The cost of Margaret Thatcher’s ceremonial funeral

One Response to Enjoy the silence (of the Taxpayers Alliance)

  1. Ed McArthur
    Apr 18th 2013, 9:04 am

    They have not commented on the War In Afghanistan nor military spending in general, the subsidising of the arms trade, ATOS, the Work Programme or other examples of public funds being handed to the private sector. The should be called the Tory Taxpayers Alliance