Francis Maude is about to wield his axe on dozens of Quangos. Do we care? Should we care? Take a look at the list of quangos and see what you think. It’s a pretty mind-boggling list.
Quangos are meant to advise and assist government, but remain at arm’s length. Sound’s healthy, but how often is their usefulness reviewed? Once set up, it would appear that they can go on forever. Does anybody ever examine whether they have passed their sell by date? I doubt it.
The Maude axe may well be overdue, but isn’t it about time there was more transparency about quangos? How much do they cost? How effective are they? Perhaps we need a quango for quangos?