Not so crazy after all

16 April 2010
We’ve been covering the party manifestos this week, so my blog today will be no different. The Monster Raving Loony party published its manifesto yesterday. In addition to the proposal to introduce asparagus at breakfast – which I note has been shamelessly stolen from the Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid party from the TV series Blackadder (main pledges: the compulsory serving of asparagus at breakfast, free corsets for the under-fives, and the abolition of slavery) – there was a line on their approach to procurement. “The problems of prison overcrowding and increased crime will be solved easily by issuing a compulsory contract on McDonald’s to do all prison catering. Conservative estimates suggest a 50 per cent reduction in crime rates within two years with 0 per cent re-offender figures.” But perhaps that just isn’t outlandish enough. How about legitimate and believable benchmarks for public sector procurement savings? Giving the public the chance to hold politicians account for catastrophic purchasing cock-ups? Or actually letting public sector buyers get on with what they are supposed to be doing, instead of inundating them with myriad conflicting political and social demands? Now those really would have been crazy proposals.
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