Thrifty thinking?

27 April 2009
The Tories appear to have the bit between their teeth when it comes to public sector efficiency. David Cameron launched another blistering assault on "wasteful" Labour spending during a speech yesterday at the party's Spring Forum. The Tory leader lambasted government spending projects, including the National Programme for IT and the Department for Transport's £90,000 bill for plant pots. He wants to create a "government of thrift", punishing ministers that waste taxpayer's money and rewarding those that drive savings. He also wants to make it a contractual obligation for civil servants to save money. It all seems to make sense on the surface, but what happens if the Conservatives are elected? It would leave a Tory government open to criticism over any project that exceeds budget or is not deemed necessary. What do you think of Cameron's proposals? Is a "government of thrift" realistic?
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