Anyone got any idea what the Government Office of the South West or GOSW (pron: goz-wer) actually does? Our best guess is that Oxbridge civil service no-hopers who can’t make the grade in Whitehall are sent down here to keep them out of harms way.
GOSW was the brainwave of John Prescott’s Office of the Deputy Prime Minister or ODPM (pron: taxpayer funded vanity project for serial adulterer). And the idea seems to be to get 273 well-paid civil servants engaging in inconsequential meetings with each other in the tasteful environs of some rather plush riverside offices at Temple Quay.
The cost of this farrago was £14,684,860 last year and next year the staffing costs alone are expected to be £10.51 million. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that this doesn’t leave them with very much money to spend on actually doing anything if the staffing costs account for 70% of their spending. Then there’s the small matter of the rent to be paid for the luxury offices…
There are eight other Government Offices in the country and the total staffing costs are £93.75 million. Bargain!
If anyone knows what GOSW does perhaps they could let us know?