Five departments reach agreement on spending cuts
BBC: Five Whitehall departments have reached spending agreements with the Treasury, ahead of next month’s spending review.
The Treasury, Cabinet Office, Foreign Office plus the environment and communities departments have reached agreement on cutting their spending. As a result ministers Eric Pickles and Caroline Spelman have joined the “star chamber”, which rules on departments which cannot agree cuts.
I have to say… I am astonished by many things these days.. but calling a government committee the *Star Chamber* – is quite extraordinary….
I can’t be arsed to write a polemic about the original Star Chamber – here is the Wikipedia entry
This extract may give you an idea of where my mind is heading on this…..
Court sessions were held in secret, with no indictments, no right of appeal, no juries, and no witnesses. Evidence was presented in writing. Over time it evolved into a political weapon and became a symbol of the misuse and abuse of power by the English monarchy and courts.
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