Budget 2021: 5Live caller slams government 'waste and corruption'
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BBC Radio 5 Live took calls from the public following Rishi Sunak’s Budget announcement to hear how the announcements affected their lives. Many of the calls were extremely negative of the Budget, with caller Gary tearing into the Chancellor and generally the UK Government for funnelling money into “inefficient” systems. Gary recalled his experiences with the health system which he said was bogged down with bureaucracy where government funds fail to reach the frontline workers who do, what he says, the actual work.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Gary discussed the Budget with host Clare McDonnell who wanted to know how the announcement affected the public.
Gary phoned in to discuss the additional £5billion which would be given to the NHS and slammed the move as the system would quickly gobble it up.
He explained: “Everything is inefficient when you go to the hospitals, when you go to the medical and you see people at the frontline working hard.
“But they’ve got so much bureaucracy, you know, you’re going to the hospital and all these boards of directors, sub-boards and everything like that.
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“And all these people on their pay levels but the people that are doing the work are not getting the money.
“And then they throw more money at it and I’m sorry, but the current Chancellor was effectively an intern as far as I’m concerned.”
Gary added he thought the system was a “mess” as there was “so much waste and corruption” throughout the pandemic.
The caller then diverted his attention to HS2 and attacked the construction of the railway as it would become “redundant within 20 years”.
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A report from the Public Accounts Committee found £37billion was spent on Test and Trace but the system failed in what it set out to do.
The report found schemes were “overstated or not achieved” and outcomes have been “muddled”.
It added expensive contractors were paid on average around £1,000 per day which would cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions.
Mr Sunak also came under fire from the Speakers of the House of Commons after details of the Budget were leaked and published ahead of the Wednesday announcement.
The Chancellor faced calls to resign from opposition parties and was scornfully told off several times in the Commons.
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Just before his Budget announcement, Deputy Speaker Dame Eleanor Laing said: “I share the concern of many members of the house of pre-briefing to the media before any announcements were made to the house.
“Previously pre-briefings have been made under embargo but what we have experienced this year is rather different.
“As Mr Speaker has said, important policy announcements must be made first to Parliament.”
Backbench MPs could be heard in the background calling for resignations and deplored the disrespect shown by the Tory frontbenches.
Dame Eleanor quickly took charge and added: “We are not talking about resigning, we are talking about courtesy to the house.
“I must put on record my support with the Speaker and we should not find ourselves in this position again.
“We are very much looking forward to the remainder of your announcements.”
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