Public spending: The waste goes on

The publication of the annual report of the Comptroller and Auditor General received less attention than usual, due to the controversy over Bertie Ahern’s finances.

30th September, 2006

The publication of the annual report of the Comptroller and Auditor General received less attention than usual, due to the controversy over Bertie Ahern’s finances.

However, it is a document that should be carefully studied by those who call for ever-higher levels of public spending.

It would be unfair to suggest the report shows that higher public expenditure is necessarily wasteful. However, by detailing scores of areas where spending is either wasted or...

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