STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING! Government starts public vote on Spending Challenge

18 08 2010

STOP.

GO TO A COMPUTER.

VOTE.

Yes, the government has opened its much-mocked Spending Challenge to the public vote. All 44,000-plus ideas that were submitted to the website and didn’t breach moderation rules have been put out for the public to peruse.

As the Spending Challenge website says: ‘As you read through the ideas on the website, we’re asking you to let us know what you think by rating the idea from 1 star (poor) to 5 stars (excellent).

‘At the end of August, we’ll review the ideas with the most potential and investigate them in further detail to see if and how they could be taken forward for the Spending Review on 20th October and beyond.’

So, all you have to do now is give proper, considered thought to 44,000 suggestions by the end of August.

Excluding today – you need a bit of time to prepare, after all – that gives you 13 days until the end of August 31st. That’s 312 hours. Or 18,720 minutes.

In other words, you have a little over 2 minutes and 20 seconds, starting from midnight tonight, to read, consider and vote on each of the 44,000 suggestions. No eating, no drinking, no sleeping, no going to work. Just voting,

No doubt that is a terrifyingly daunting prospect, so just to filter out some gems for you, perhaps you might consider voting to sell the Royal Swans for meat. As the proposer suggests:

‘There are being many Wall by the River in Central London that are desolate except for Slime. Here I am proposing we put Pen for Swan and Employee of Government at minimum Wage for the upkeep and sale of Swan.’

That’s the spirit!

PS: interesting to note that there’s a large number of suggestions to scrap the proposed High Speed 2 rail link…

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