Friday, 4 March 2011

Beer: That's A Lot Of Pints!

The Sun has revealed that British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been paying quite a lot for quite stupid little things...

The invoices leaked by a soldier working in the stored of MoD reveal little gems like paying £22 for a 65p light bulb, and £103 for £2.60 worth of screws. The current government, or rather, the current Defence Minister Liam Fox, wasted no time blaming the previous (Labour) government. Now, while this indeed is criminal waste, I wouldn't be so quick to just pass the buck to my (or rather their - I'd rather have Labour than Tories run the country) political enemies, a fair thing to say would be that every military procurement system, in all places, and in all of history (I bet Julius Caesar ranted and raved about his) is an exemplar of waste embodied. It is, in fact, the task of every government - regardless of colour and creed - to do its best to rein it in. I am sure by the time the Tories have left the office they will have left behind just such examples of waste. Of course, by that time it won't be 65p light bulbs or £2.60 bags of screws, but waste there will be, and a lot of it. Just you wait and see.

Here's hoping that at least it won't be running in billions...