Last month the Welsh Senedd released their costings for Welsh Policing and Justice devolution, a curious admittance that their proposals would cost the Welsh tax payer more money than otherwise, an admittance that was so unfortunately overlooked by parties who allegedly claim to care about the tax payers.
However, one cost was missed out – the cost of whichever careerist gets to snatch the new Welsh ministerial post. It’s little surprise the majority of the Senedd back devolution, they all have a 10% chance of getting an enormous pay rise and a swanky new office installed in the wholly unsightly Senedd.
When asked in FMQs, First Minister Mr Salami was unable to verify how much the tax payer would have to fork out to subsidise the uncosted bureaucrat. It’s likely to be in the tens of thousands, if not higher. That isn’t to mention their staff that could also end up on the payroll, any extra expenses or any Senedd-covered luxuries such as free transport or free dinner at the canteen.
I would really rather pay a few bobbies to walk the streets of Cardiff and catch some criminals.
Of course the cost of additional bureaucrats to administer administrators to re-administer something that had already been administered is not just in the run-away salaries. There is an inevitable systematic cost in efficiency and productivity from having a bloated bureaucracy oozing throughout the halls of power.
The reality is that much of decision-making policy about most police activity is already devolved – the First Minister’s words, not mine. Adding more uncosted bureaucrats into the mix isn’t really going to solve any problem, but rather will create efficiency and productivity issues, at the expense of the poor Welsh taxpayer – and to the benefit of criminals.
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