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The United Kingdom Throws Down the Gauntlet with a Strong Entry in the Government Stupidity Contest ^ | November 18, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 11/18/2012 6:22:01 AM PST by Kaslin

I periodically compare moronic decisions and policies by governments in the United States and United Kingdom. You can peruse some jaw-dropping examples by clicking this link.

To show that politicians and bureaucrats don’t have a monopoly on stupidity, I’ve also shared a pair of examples that expose foolishness in the private sector.

“Won’t anyone take free money?”

I think the contest has been pretty even to date, but now we have an entry from the United Kingdom that may be hard to beat. The government created a new boondoggle program, but managed to make it so convoluted that no households have signed up for the handouts.

This is astounding. How incompetent does a government have to be that it can’t even give away money? Here are some laughable excerpts from the Telegraph.

The Green Deal encourages homeowners to take out a loan to make their house more energy-efficient. …households have had since October 1 to have their home assessed for the scheme prior to its launch. However Greg Barker, the climate change minister, has admitted that “no assessments have yet been lodged” on the Government’s official register by homeowners. Luciana Berger, the shadow climate change minister, described the Green Deal as a “shambles” and said its launch is “lying in tatters”. The Coalition hopes that owners of up to 14 million draughty homes will sign up to the scheme. …In an effort to kick-start interest, DECC last month announced a £125 million ‘cashback’ scheme, offering homes up to £1,000 if they sign up as ‘early adopters’. Ms Berger said that homeowners are being put off by the Deal’s complicated finance arrangements.

Not only did the giveaway fail to attract any household beneficiaries, only one firm out of 10,000 signed up to be “accredited Green Deal” participants.

As well as lack of interest from homeowners, building companies are also shying away from getting involved. According to the Federation of Master Builders, the UK’s biggest building trade body, only one firm from its 10,000-strong membership has signed up to become an accredited Green Deal installer.

Again, this is remarkable. When a government is too incompetent to give away other people’s money, you know that’s special.

Sadly, this is the exception rather than the rule. The burden of government spending is excessive in the United Kingdom, in part because of the faux budget cuts of David Cameron’s CINO regime.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ungland

1 posted on 11/18/2012 6:22:08 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Why would anyone want to take out a loan (which has to be paid back) when the government is already giving you money to pay your heating bills?

2 posted on 11/18/2012 6:51:59 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Kaslin

Normally, I get pessimistic about the future when I think about wasteful spending programs that will drive almost all developed nations into bankruptcy. And America is on that list, by the way, because of our poorly designed entitlement programs.

But sometimes my despair is the result of idiotic political correctness and bone-headed bureaucracy. And for some reason, as shown by these examples, the United Kingdom seems to have a disproportionate share of morons who want to impose bad policy on their fellow citizens.

A job-placement center got in trouble for discriminating against incompetent people by seeking “reliable” and “hard-working” candidates.

A women who was being threatened by thugs got in trouble with the police for brandishing a knife in her own home.

A proposal to prevent children from watching Olympic shooting events.

A man got arrested for finding a gun in his yard and turning it over to the police.

The government wanted to require “competency tests” for pet owners.

An ID requirement to buy teaspoons.

The most useless sign in the history of the world.

A proposal to ban skinny models.

But I don’t know if any of those horror stories can match this baffling story reported in the Telegraph.

Public Enemy No. 1?

When the chief starter at the London Olympics agreed to fire his pistol to start the races at a school sports day, parents thought it was a wonderful treat for their children. But they did not count on the intervention of health and safety officials from their local council, who ruled that the noise from Alan Bell’s starting pistol would be too frightening for the youngsters. Bizarrely, the local authority instead suggested playing a recording of a starting pistol on an iPod before agreeing to let Mr Bell start the races by sounding a klaxon. …One parent, who did not wish to be named, told a Sunday newspaper: “It was ridiculous. We were told that the children would be distressed by Mr Bell firing his starting pistol. “Anyone who believes they would be frightened by a starting pistol has never experienced the noise at a typical three-year-old’s birthday party. …Norman Gardiner, president of the Pitreavie Amateur Athletics Club in Dunfermline, said the decision was “health and safety gone mad.”

It’s amazing to think that the United Kingdom once ruled half the world, but now produces pencil-neck bureaucrats who think starting pistols are a menace to society.

But we Americans shouldn’t feel superior. We’re traveling down the same path.

A Rhode Island boy got in trouble for bringing toy soldiers to school.

A student in San Diego got in trouble for making a motion detector for a science project, simply because someone decided it resembled a bomb.

The military was criticized for giving Osama bin Laden an Indian code name (Geronimo) as part of the operation to exterminate the al Qaeda dirtbag.

A Florida student was expelled for having a toy gun on school property.

And how can we omit the politicians in San Francisco, who decided that banning happy meal toys was an appropriate use of government coercion.

We also have regulations in Maryland governing the application of sunscreen at summer camps.

And proposals in Seattle to require life vests on swimmers who are more than five feet from shore.

My initial instinct is that we should fire the over-paid bureaucrats who generate this kind of nonsense. I admit that such as step might only address the symptom of a politically correct world, but it would be a good start.

3 posted on 11/18/2012 6:54:28 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Kaslin
climate change minister

Actually, that there is all you need to know that a government has hit rock bottom.

4 posted on 11/18/2012 6:56:48 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: IbJensen
"My initial instinct is that we should fire the over-paid bureaucrats..."

My initial instinct is that they should be tarred and feathered.

5 posted on 11/18/2012 7:01:28 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Kaslin
6 posted on 11/18/2012 7:21:27 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Populated largely by leftists, lazy, overpaid, homosexuals and other assorted filth!

7 posted on 11/18/2012 7:27:17 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Moltke

Hey Moltke, how about Bronco Bama’s plan to add another car to this train? A Secretary of Jobs!

8 posted on 11/18/2012 7:28:46 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

That would create at least *one* job.

9 posted on 11/18/2012 7:52:50 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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