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In one of David Cameron’s first concrete policy announcements, he today pledged to address bureaucratic inefficiency by reviewing the amount of spending allocated to quangos (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations). The shadow leader of the opposition, who is a direct descendant of King William IV and 5th cousin twice removed of Queen Elizabeth II, commented "too many state actions, services and decisions are carried out by people who cannot be voted out by the public, by organisations that feel no pressure to answer for what happens – in a way that is completely unaccountable."
Cameron, who, together with his wife, is said to be worth £30 million; and who was recently found to have claimed £20,000 a year in expenses to pay the £350,000 mortgage on his second home, enabling him to pay off his remaining £75,000 loan on his ‘first home’ and sell this off to make a profit of £935,000; pointed out the vast sums of money involved in quango bureaucracy, arguing that some quango heads earned more than £194,000.
This policy announcement anticipates a shake up of public spending under a Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, which looks set to be George Osborne, heir apparent to the Baronetcy of Ballintaylor. The 18th Baronet to be, who is said to owe £55,000 to the public as a result of flipping homes to avoid capital gains tax, has himself made some hard hitting statements in this period of financial crisis, and warned that a Conservative government would have to deliver some uncomfortable truths. Earlier this year, Osborne warned that Britons would ‘have to learn how to save again,’ and that people would no longer be able to ‘rely on massive increases in house prices to fund their retirement’.