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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Archive for August, 2010

How your €U tax dollars are spent

Posted by davidburbage on August 18, 2010

http://blog.citzalia.eu/about-citzalia/

Europe? Broke? Nah, we can create role playing games about the EU Parliament with your tax monies…..

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Transparency

Posted by davidburbage on August 15, 2010

The Audit Commission has been / is to be abolished ! Well done Eric, another bit of bureaucracy swept away. According to media reports, they had resisted the sunlight of openness being shone towards their innards.

Even Labour MPs are now  welcoming quarterly publication of expenditure over £500 – this is some going for a simple Cllr Burbage council motion – I set the pace in February 2009 :

RESOLVED: That this Council, believing in accountability to the taxpayer,

notes the recent campaign by the Taxpayers Alliance and George Osborne MP to ensure greater disclosure of public finances:

further notes that they want to see revenue and capital items of expenditure £25,000 published.

This Council resolves to exceed this ambition by publishing as much data of spending over £500 as is legally possible quarterly in arrears;

requests the Leader and Cabinet ensure that the information is published in a timely fashion.

[From Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council Minutes 24th February 2009]

 Where will it end ?!

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Summer Receptions

Posted by davidburbage on August 14, 2010

I was invited to join a reception for Baroness Thatcher at St Stephen’s Club a couple of weeks ago, but it had been so overbooked a number of us spilled into the garden next door where a book launch was being held – happily, I bumped into MEP Danial Hannan who had also walked around the rope and met the author of the book Dr Madsen Pirie who just happens to be the President of the Adam Smith Institute, one of the leading free market think tanks in the world. The book, “Understanding Economics” – Economics for non-economists, is an easy paperback read but reinforces the basics of free market economics; trade and rational thought.

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